Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad

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Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad
Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad logo.png
Alco RS-32 2035 Diamond Branch Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad in Scranton, Pennsylvania.jpg
DL RS32 #2035 switches the Diamond Branch in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Locomotive was built as NYC 8035
Reporting markDL
LocaleNortheastern Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1993–Present
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length85 miles (137 kilometres)
HeadquartersBatavia, New York (Corporate headquarters), Scranton, Pennsylvania (DL main office)
WebsiteGenesee Valley Transportation Co., Inc.

The Delaware–Lackawanna Railroad (reporting mark DL) is a shortline railroad operating in Northeastern Pennsylvania, especially the Scranton area.

DL began service in August 1993 and is the designated operator for 85 miles (137 kilometres) of trackage in Lackawanna and Monroe Counties. It is a subsidiary of holding company Genesee Valley Transportation Company, Inc. (GVT). It was founded by Jeffrey Baxter, Charles Riedmiller, John Herbrand, Michael Thomas and David Monte Verde who continue to make up its corporate ownership.[1]


GVT began in 1985 in upstate New York marketing rail-related services to both private and public industry throughout the northeast.

Through a competitive bid process, the Lackawanna County Rail Authority selected GVT to operate its owned rail lines within Lackawanna and Monroe counties from Scranton northeast to the city of Carbondale on the former Delaware & Hudson Railway's Penn Division mainline (now called the Carbondale Mainline), from Scranton southeast to Slateford Junction in Monroe County on the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's (DL&W) Southern Division mainline (now called the Pocono Mainline), and from Scranton southwest to Montage Mountain, Moosic on lines of the former Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad electric interurban streetcar line.

These are the lines hosting the seasonal passenger trains of both the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Electric City Trolley Museum, and the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society. The Pocono Mainline has hosted a number of excursions out of Steamtown, including excursions of the Nickel Plate 765.[2][3]

In 2015 the authority extended DL's lease for five years.[4]

Poconos expansion[edit]

DL interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway in Scranton and via Slateford Junction near Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania and the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad via Duryea Yard outside Pittston, Pennsylvania, thus connecting to the Great Lakes via Sayre Yard and New Jersey and New York City via former Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) assets.

Since the summer of 1998, DL under a haulage agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), has operated unit Canadian grain trains between Scranton and the Harvest States Grain Mill at Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania. Operated by DL crews, these trains average approximately 45 cars.

DL is renowned as a bastion for both rebuilding and operating 50+ year-old ALCO diesels on a daily basis. It is the only railroad operating four ALCO RS-3s.

A new unified color scheme of gray and white with red and yellow stripes was to be applied to GVT system units beginning in 2006 as they exit the South Scranton shops; the most recent being rebuilt ALCO C425 No. 2457 in the summer of 2016. No. 3000 appeared in September 2016

Recent activity[edit]


  1. ^ R.R.B. Ruling 08/16/96
  2. ^ TRAINS Chase guide: Nickel Plate Road 765, Scranton, Pa., to the Delaware Water Gap
  3. ^ Spanning the Gap: Pocono Mainline Rail Excursion, Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad
  4. ^ "Delaware-Lackawanna signs five-year operating agreement extension". Trains. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. (subscription required)

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