YourToyTrains is so dedicated to model railroading we do much more than any other model train website by far! Look at the Bachmann O Scale Alco FA1 Diesel AA Set Lehigh Valley BAC20903 $254.95 (List $430) Look at the history we include on the Lehigh Valley:
Road Name and History:
Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad was incorporated in 1846 to build a railroad from Easton, PA, to the anthracite coal mines located near Mauch Chunk, PA (now called Jim Thorpe). The line was opened in 1855. By construction and merging other railroads the Lehigh Valley (new name in 1853) reached Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1867. In 1865 by purchasing the Pennsylvania & New York Railroad the LV was able to connect with the Erie at Waverly, PA. Losing its eastern connections, the LV opened its own route to the Atlantic Ocean at Perth Amboy, NJ, in 1875, and finally to the major port of Jersey City in 1899. The Lehigh Valley completed a line to Buffalo, NY, in 1892- the western limit of the railroad. In the 1890s the LV was controlled by the Reading and by J. P. Morgan for short periods, regaining its independence in 1902. The little railroad in the crowded New York-Buffalo market began seeing the decline of anthracite coal- its bread and butter- and increased highway competition by the 1930s. By 1961 the Pennsylvania Railroad had purchased the Lehigh Valley. Deteriorating conditions for Northeastern railroads culminating with the Penn Centralbankruptcy in 1970 sent the LV into bankruptcy. In 1976 the failing Lehigh Valley was consolidated into ConRail.
Historical Fact: Alexander Mitchell, Master Mechanic of the Lehigh & Mahanoy 1866, designed a locomotive with 2-8-0 wheel arrangement, which was called the "Consolidation" in honor of L&M joining the Lehigh Valley (Merged in 1866).
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