2015 DL&WRRHS Annual Meeting
and DL&W Railroad History Symposium
April 25 & 26, 2015 - The Dansbury Depot
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and DL&W Railroad History Symposium Saturday April 25, 2015 at the restored former DL&W Stroudsburg station, now known as the Dansbury Depot, in East Stroudsburg, PA. Meeting Registration for members and nonmembers includes: Saturday presentations, morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch on the premises. Current society members who choose not to register for the day's events, but who wish to attend the membership meeting at 4:30 pm, may do so gratis.
This year marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. The first is the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Nicholson Cut-Off between Clarks Summit and Hallstead, PA, formally opened November 6, 1915. The hallmark of the project remains what is arguably the DL&W's greatest engineering legacy, Tunkhannock Viaduct also known to some as the Nicholson Bridge. As the viaduct and cut-off approach the century mark, this magnificent engineering achievement continues to serve its current owner, Canadian Pacific, as it did the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad.
The second significant event is the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Diane, August 18, 1955. The mayhem and destruction unleashed by Diane would shock the residents of the Pocono Mountains, Lackawanna River Valley and Upper Delaware River Valley, leaving scores dead and thousands homeless. Diane's destructive onslaught against the Lackawanna's mainline from the Delaware Water Gap to Scranton would indelibly change the fortunes and the future of the railroad. Out of this destruction would come the saga of the herculean effort by the Lackawanna to restore service on its shattered and severed mainline over the Pocono Mountains in just 29 days.