By the 1970s, the once thriving Anthracite roads were struggling to survive. The long decreasing demand for coal, along with a series of other contributing factors, left these roads in spiraling financial decline.
These railroads managed to keep the freight rolling into the mid 70s with little resources available, but the die was cast and all the Anthracite roads would eventually be swept into Federal Government-sponsored Conrail in 1976.
In Volume 2 of the Anthracite Railroads in the 70’s series, we’ll look at the ailing operations of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from Bound Brook, New Jersey to Treichlers, Pennsylvania in the final years leading up to Conrail, including the joint Penn Central ore trains and D&H run through trains.
Narrated with commentary by Mike Bednar.
John Pechulis Media, Color; Approximately 76 minutes run time.