Railroads today are a vital component of the nation’s transportation network. But when did Scranton’s rail system begin? Because Scranton was the “anthracite capital of the world,” five major railroads and two interurban lines served Scranton and the travelling began. Now, “heritage railroading” has transformed Scranton into a destination for tourists and rail historians alike.
Having been employed by the railroad industry since 1994, local author David Crosby takes readers on a pictorial journey through Scranton’s historic railroads. He hopes the book will “help others understand how the railroad impacted the lives of nearly every area resident.”
Highlights of Scranton Railroads:
• Features never before seen vintage photographs from both public and private collections
• Tells how the fortunes of Scranton’s railroads and the Anthracite industry were inextricably linked, both good and bad
• Shares how the extensive railroad around Scranton attracted the textile industry to the area, when at one time over 50 silk mills operated in Scranton
• Showcases Scranton as the “Electric City” because it operated the nation’s first commercially operated electric streetcar system
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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