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Presenter: Mark Charles
The years from 1945 to 1955 marked two significant transitions on the LVRR.
- First, steam locomotives were replaced by diesel power
- Second, one hundred years of local passenger trains were transformed, then ended (long-distance passenger service remained for a few more years.)
Using newly-available photos by David Marcham, this program will start with the Ithaca passenger main. In addition to the Black Diamond, train #128 from Geneva bought mail, express and passengers to every small town. A self-propelled gas-electric car was the regular equipment on this run. A second gas-electric car served Aurora, Ludlowville, and other communities along Cayuga Lake.
Trains also served the East Ithaca station via the E&C branch. Passenger service transitioned from gas-electric cars to mixed trains behind LV's famous 4-6-0s in the late 1940s and later, diesel road switchers.
On these routes and branches, the milk traffic was rapidly being lost to highway transport. Local passenger and express business was also fading fast. The LV's response was to replace gas-electric cars with locomotive-hauled mixed trains. This limped along for a few more years.
David Marcham captured these changes with his camera. As a student in Ithaca, then working summers for the LVRR, he had an opportunity to make photos that capture a time and place that has now vanished.
The ARHS program will share these photos along with maps and detailed information about the operational changes through the years. Railfans, history buffs, and modelers will find illumination in this program.
September 17-19, 2021
Welcome to the READING RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELERS MEET IX. Our event goal is very simple – get everyone interested in modeling the Reading Railroad and other anthracite railroads, together and enjoy displays of our modeling efforts. To learn more about the Reading Railroad and other anthracite railroads and how to model them. See Reading Railroad and other anthracite railroad inspired layouts. Enjoy meeting fellow Reading and other anthracite railroad modelers and creating long lasting friendships! Hopefully you have noticed a BIG change in our event.... other anthracite railroads are now included and invited to display and participate. These railroads are now included in our event - Central Railroad of New Jersey; Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western Railroad; Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad; Lehigh & New England Railroad; Lehigh Valley Railroad, PRSL and of course, the Reading Company!! As you can see by the event title, this is our 9th event and we hope you will make this 9th event even better! Our event includes many extras-Clinics, displays and layout tours!
For further information or questions, call Barry Hensel at 734-649-3056 or send an email to barry76Lt@wowway.com OR see our website at https://readingrrmm.com
Kermit Geary, Jr. will make a presentation about Sperry Rail Services. As a former employee of this company, Kermit will provide an inside perspective about the rail testing services and equipment. Sperry uses both hi-rail trucks and rail cars which were converted for testing purposes from "doodlebugs". Sperry's rail cars started life in the service of a number of railroads. Seven of their rail cars came from the Lehigh Valley Railroad, providing an Anthracite connection for the ARHS.