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The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - toptrain - 04-18-2014

* The Lehigh Valley railroad, a north east coal carrying railroad. A railroad that started because of a need to get a product to market. As long as wood was plentiful, and easy to get not many people were interested in coal. At the end of the 1820's things were changing. Wood was costing more. Coal was cheep. People now started to look to get coal and move it to places where it was needed. Wagons and canals were to only 2 choices aviable. Here in the north-east we have a thing called winter. That means it is not summer, spring, or fall. The 1830's were not a time of global warming. There was no highway system with lots of people operating snow plows keeping the roads open to cart and wagon traffic. The population was growing. Some new form of transportation was needed. Over in England, they were using steam powered engines to pull carts on rails of iron. Over there people were trying to make better more reliable engines to pull these carts from mines and farms to cities where food and coal could be distributed to warn homes and cook food. In industry steam engines were powering machines for producing all the necessities of the day. Here, we were just starting to wake up to the new industrial world . The railroads were made to get and keep this country moving.
* The Lehigh Valley railroad and all the other railroads did this well.

Re: The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - toptrain - 04-18-2014

* I never wanted to do this history stuff. I just wanted to get something started. to get a LVRR subject to add to. Now one of my interest is in railroading using small old time locomotives. Americans, moguls, and consolidations doing the main line work. The Blauvelt photo of LVRR #424 a 4-4-0 camelback with the 5 car Black Diamond train behind it at Easton station is the photo of a era very interesting to me.

Re: The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - Charlie B - 04-18-2014

Well Frank, I am sure you have seen this famous LV footage from Tom Edison.
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Re: The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - toptrain - 04-19-2014

The History and rebuilding of Lehigh Valley RR Locomotive 2-8-0, #310

Lehigh Valley #310

* The rebuilding of a locomotives on the Lehigh Valley Railroad. A lookalike to the locomotive named " Consolidation", LV #63. This #63, is the first 2-8-0 type ever made. The 2-8-0 type name became Consolidation.

* Consolidation, built by Baldwin in, July 1866. PHOTO, Scot L, on Photobucket:

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* This is a look into a particular rebuild of what was a useful locomotive of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. I hope it will be more whimsical, then technical.

* It is 1891 ( don't know exact date) and the useful running life of Lehigh Valley, locomotive #310, "United States" has come to a end. The decision of what to do remains. The Lehigh Valley has been interested in getting some compound locomotives in a way to test there as published improved Horse power and traction. The decision to rebuild 310 as a compound locomotive is made.

* LV Loco United States, #310, built by Baldwin in, November 1876. PHOTO, by

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* A little history on locomotive 310. Its beginning. The 16th 2-8-0 early type locomotive made after the Locomotive "Consolidation". This locomotive was not immediately sent to the Lehigh Valley for it was built to be displayed by Baldwin at the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia. In the time since Consolidation was built the type has become very popular. All 16 were made from the same pattern as the original. Its build date is listed as November 1876. It went into Wilkes Barre Pa.shops in 1890 for its rebuilding into a Dean compound type locomotive. It is listed as returning to service in January 1891. Now this rebuilding replaced almost everything from the Old #310. It came out like a new locomotive. In a article published in the Franklin Institute Journal on May 1892, page 33, this is said in reference to the current demand for Compound locomotives on all railroads." It is said that Mr. Lander of the Old Colony and Mr. Mitchell of the Lehigh Valley Railroad each is building a Dean Compound for use on their railroads, and that the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe have already built one each". I have a lithograph of a lookalike 2-8-0 made for the NYP&ORR by Rogers. Outside of little differences in the window style of the wood cab, and the type smoke stack, they are the same in appearance. This was done by other railroads also.\
* Here is Locomotive 310 as it was returned to the Lehigh Valley. A article on exactly what was done in addition to a general rebuilding. Work done at Lehigh Valley, Wilkes Barre PA shops. PHOTO; Internet Archive, Locomotive Engineer V56.

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* In 1905 310 was renumbered 598, and reclassified a M-18 class locomotive. the only one of its class. I have no other information other than the date it was scraped. That is March 1928. It may have been rebuilt back to a simple 2-8-0 type as this was done to most Compound locomotives.

* Steam Locomotive 310 of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. built by Baldwin as shop number 3862, and out shopped November 1876, Scraped March 1928.
** 51 years and 5 months. A long useful locomotive life.
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Re: The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - toptrain - 04-19-2014

Charlie B Wrote:Well Frank, I am sure you have seen this famous LV footage from Tom Edison.
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Charlie. Yes I have seen it many times. The cameraman set up so close to the tracks that there was no chance of seeing any detail of the train, locomotive or passenger cars as it went by.

Re: The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - toptrain - 05-07-2014

An article on the first run of the named " Black Diamond Express ".

* Link open tp page 456. Article start s in column of right side. Scroll down to next page for photo of first run photo of Loco and train at Easton station.
Locomotive E27, 4-4-0c James Donnelly, #424, and Black Diamond Train

Source is " Locomotive Engineer Magazine ", Volume 9, 1896, Page-456. Original power. Photo.Page-457. viewed on " Internet Archive ".

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Re: The Lehigh Valley Railroad. - toptrain - 11-27-2014

My new Lehigh Valley passenger train set.