Delaware, Lackawanna and Western

Railroad Historical Society

2016 DL&WRRHS Annual Meeting
and DL&W Railroad History Symposium
Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Down Along the Bloom

The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and DL&W Railroad History Symposium Saturday April 30, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Wilkes Barre, 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’s meeting finds us down long the Lackawanna’s Bloomsburg Branch. The branch was important throughout the history of the DL&W and into the Erie Lackawanna era. With the coming of Conrail, the branch acquired new owners on the north and south ends and continues to serve a vital role today both for local businesses and a part of a regional rail link.

Hotel Information

The meeting venue will be the Hilton Garden Inn located at 242 Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A special rate has been arranged for of $99.00 per night, for Friday April29 and Saturday April 30, 2016. Reservations, hotel terms and conditions and cancelation policies apply and are the responsibility of the person making the reservation.

To get the special rate, be sure to mention group code DLW when making reservations. The hotel may be reached at: 570-820-8595. The special rate is time limited, so make your reservations early.


There are two options to register. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, download and print the registration form. If you prefer to register and pay with a credit card, debit card or with a PayPal account, use the online registration form. If you are a DL&WRRHS member, please remember to include your member number in the appropriate place on the registration form. Your member number is required to register online.

Saturday Meeting Presentations

This year's presentations focus on the anthracite coal industry, the Lackawanna's Bloomsburg Branch and on the Lackawanna's subsidiary of later years, the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley.

A sampling of this year's intended presentations in no particular order include: Anthracite built and financed the DL&W in the latter 19th century and into the 20th century. Jim Guthrie will give a presentation on the rise and decline of the Anthracite industry and the railroads that mined and transported it. Eric Dervinis will give a presentation on the DL&W mining and railroad operations in the Plymouth and Kingston areas. Courtesy of the L&WV Chapter NRHS, we will have a narrated presentation on the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad. Also, in the works, a visual tour of the Bloom in more productive times, and more.

Saturday Evening Banquet

We are very fortunate to have Robert "Bob" Lindquist as our banquet speaker. Bob was the black sheep of a nautical family, he went to work on the railroad. Bob grew up in Towaco, NJ on the Lackawanna's Boonton Line and will share his memories of the Lackawanna.

Bob went to work for the CNJ in 1972, and then Conrail out of Philadelphia and New York and for the USRA. With all his years growing up with and working for railroads, you can be sure he has more than his fair share of stores to share.

As a special treat and time permitting, Bob Emerick will share slides from his DL&W collection. It is guaranteed to be both informative and entertaining.

Sunday Events

This year's Sunday activity is open to the participant. We intend on providing driving directions to the area of the Bloomsburg Branch starting at Kingston and going north to Pittston and south to Berwick.

On Sunday morning, thanks to member Eric Dervinis and through the courtesy of the Plymouth Historical Society, meeting attendees will have access to the site of the former DL&W Avondale breaker. The Avondale breaker was infamous for the mine disaster of May 1869 that resulted in a loss of life to over 100 miners. This event was in large part the catalyst for the mine safety movement.

Event Schedule

Tentative Meeting Schedule
  Saturday April 30th   Sunday May 1st
  8:30 am -  9:00 am
Check-in/Registration   9:00 am - until...
Avondale Breaker site visit
  9:00 am - 11:45 am
Presentations   Self-guided R-O-W road tour
12:00 pm -  1:15 pm
Lunch (on site, catered)  
  1:15 pm -  4:15 pm
  4:30 pm -  5:00 pm
Society Members Meeting    
  6:30 pm -  8:00 pm
Banquet Dinner    
  8:00 pm -  9:00 pm
Banquet Speaker