JoeG wrote: ↑Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:45 pm
Mr Norman, you break my heart comparing the late, lamented Lackawanna to the Old & Weary.
First Mr. Grossman, allow me to add to the captioned quote
But really the same parmeters were in place with either property - roads that had competition with far superior routings that in most part were provided by God.
True "Delay, Linger and Wait" had on-line coal, especially residential Anthracite coal (our family's first Cos Cob house had such and the Greenwich Coal Company would come to "fill 'er up" in their chain driven Macks), and the Managers (that is what Miss Phoebe called her Board) chose to reinvest profits from handling such into the superb mountain region road that once existed.
Wise? well anyone about to start another 367 page and counting "epic" on that?
But the coal got mined out, and natural gas became the primary home heating fuel. So did the "raison d' etre" for the DL&W.
There was even less reason for the "Old Woman". She never had coal; her supposed "raison" was developing Lake Erie docks at Oswego. Amazing she lasted until '57.
Also amazing "Miss Phoebe" lasted until '60 when the sinking ship was offered a hand from the leaky one named ERIE. No wonder, save the ERIE through Southern Tier NY where NS rebuilt the trestle over the Genesee and handles new rail equipment being delivered, it's all been "Short-Lined" or abandoned.
And somebody today wants to run passenger trains through the brambles - and disturbing Hootie the Owl and Freddie the Ferret in the process?