As of March 2017. NS is interchanging 50-100 cars , 3 days a week with DL at slateford Jct. Rumors of the demise of The B&P seems to be somewhat exaggerated.
CNJ Fan 4evr wrote:Haven't been out in a month or so but know that NS has been bringing massive trains up to D-L. Seems that all the fear-mongerers on here were WRONG. The former DL&W main is alive and well because NS is now bringing the grain trains in to Portland / Slateford and handing them off to D-L ,along with the lumber and fracking sand they were already delivering. Latest rumor has NS dropping off at Martins Creek and D-L picking up there. Won't be able to find out if that is true until next week.Yeah, heard about that as well... Also heard that DL will have trackage rights to Hudson yard in P'burg, but that may be a little far fetched as of now. It would be nice seeing Alcos in Union square though.
oibu wrote:When the NS takeover happened, we expected a disaster for DL. So at least the shift of interchange from Taylor to Slateford provides one token beneficial outcome from NS' complete lack of interest in NY, NJ, or anything north of PRR/RDG territory.I thought the DL/NS interchange was always at Slateford in the first place. Was it at Taylor in the Conrail days?
oibu wrote:Slateford interchange started around 2001 or 2002 after the Pocono Main was rehabbed. The first big push on that front had been to the Mt. Pocono flour mill in the late '90s, then the rehab continued east from there.
Keep in mind CR had completely vacated the Lackawanna and Wyoming valleys (in fact everything north of the Hazleton line) in the mid-90s, so after that there was no CR-DL interchange. For at least some of the time, DL actually ran to Pittston over R&N to interchange with them rather than having the interchange brought up to Taylor by R&N.
CNJ Fan 4evr wrote:Heard the same thing. If true ,it is a sad day for railfans in the Lehigh Valley/ Pocono region. There goes my Tuesday ritual.Unfortunately I could not seem to get back up to the old DL&W from Slateford north because the D-L schedule did not coincide with mine. Hopefully they get on a schedule out of Scranton we can follow in the warmer months.How do you think I feel? I was never able to get any shots of any trains between Slateford and Martins Creek.... Wish it didn't end like this as I wanted to move out there next year..