THE HARD COAL ROADS: what went wrong
This is a look back in time to the "Anthracite" roads that once made the eastern rail scene more interesting and colorful. These principal roads were the Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Reading, D&H and the Erie Lackawanna Railroads.
The common theme was their early success based on hauling anthracite coal from a unique area in Pennsylvania and the decline of that business. The last decade of these roads largely depended on a declining business in hauling "bridge traffic".
The corporate history of these five roads is woven into a wealth of wonderful, all-color, railroading scenes.
- LEHIGH VALLEY RR
- JERSEY CENTRAL
- READING RR
- DELAWARE & HUDSON
- ERIE LACKAWANNA
- PRSL AND L&HR
- PENN CENTRAL – EARLY CONRAIL
- AND MORE!