Up until the early 1940's the PRR maintained direct passenger service between Philadelpha and Wilkes-Barre, with the help of a dozen-or-so miles of Lehigh Valley trackage rights in the Hazleton area. Freight service between the two cities was diverted via Harrisburg around the same time, but local freight service continued between Wilkes-Barre and Pottsville, via Nescopeck and Hazleton, until Hurricane Hazel flooded the line in the late summer of 1953. Around that time, the LV and PRR traded responsibility for local service in that area, although I believe PRR retained formal owndership.
What a revoltin' development this is! (William Bendix)