DL&WRRHS 2015 Annual Membership Meeting
and Lackawanna Railroad History Symposium
Dansbury Depot (The former DL&W Station)
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania - April 25 & 26, 2015
We invite DL&WRRHS members and the general public to attend the DL&WRRHS 2015 Annual Membership Meeting and Lackawanna Railroad History Symposium in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Appropriately, the venue will be the former DL&W railroad station, now located across the tracks from its original location, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
This year marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. First is the 100th diversionary of the opening of the Lackawanna's Pennsylvania Cut-Off between Scranton and Hallstead Pennsylvania. Completion of the Cut-Off also signaled the opening of Tunkhannock Viaduct, still the largest concrete railroad viaduct in existence.
The second historical event of note is the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Diane. It would prove to be an epochal and apocalyptic event in the life of the DL&W not to mention to the communities of Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey devastated by the raging flood waters it spawned.
Presentations are planned on both of these historically significant events in the Lackawanna's history. Other planned presentations include a visual tour of the DL&W between the Delaware Water Gap and the Lackawanna's western terminus at Buffalo, New York, a look at Delaware Valley Railroad, which connected to the Lackawanna at East Stroudsburg and terminated at Bushkill Falls and a presentation on the history of the Lackawanna's other famous engineering feat, the New Jersey Cut-Off.
The evening banquet tentatively features a guest speaker who is intimately involved with the continued evolution of the Northeastern Pennsylvania railroad scene including the former DL&W rails.
Sunday activities tentatively include access and tours of the restored former DL&W East Stroudsburg signal tower. An unsponsored and informal caravan tour of the DL&W right of way up the east slope of the Poconos conducted by a former DL&W employee is also tentatively on tap for Sunday late morning.
For those traveling from out of the area, we have made arrangements with the Budget Inn and Suites of East Stroudsburg for a group room rate. A rate of $84.00 per night plus applicable tax is available to attendees for Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th. Contact the hotel at 800-233-8144 toll free or 570-424-5451 within the 570 area code. Mention the DL&W Railroad Historical Society to obtain the special pricing.
Check back on or about March 6, 2015 for full, final details about the meeting. At that time a printable registration form and an online registration form along with a finalized list of presentations and events will be available.