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Friendly Service Route Overview

Here, we will cover the freight services and facilities of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, cover the innovations in freight service, such as run through trains, unit trains,the largest customers and their 1974 cars handled at their various locations, and some of the other things that made the Erie Lackawanna a railroader's railroad and more. Also, we will present representative freight schedules of the 74,98,99 and 100 families of fast through freight trains, how some trains were blocked, and so on. Welcome aboard The Friendly Service Route.

To support its freight service operations, the facilities of the Erie Lackawanna consisted of three major classification yards: Marion,Ohio, Buffalo(Bison),NY, and Croxton,NJ, which were supplemented by smaller yards at Binghamton,Scranton,Salamanca, Meadville, Cleveland-East 55th Street,19 piggyback ramps, interchange points at 22 locations,behind which stood 40 traffic offices, which were responsible for obtaining the traffic to fill Erie Lackawanna's fast freight trains. For Finished vehicles, the railroad maintained auto ramps at Bowlusville, Ohio,Pocono,Pennsylvania, and Mahwah and Jersey City, New Jersey. Finished vehicles moved in bi or trilevel auto rack cars in either general freight or intermodal trains to destination ramp. Like most railroads, Erie Lackawanna freight trains were of several types: 1. Local wayfreight, which performed set off and pick up service at all stations along the train's entire run. This train often departed the originating yard at the same time each day. 2. Through Freight-Manifest train, this type of train handled freight of all kinds and performed pick up and delivery service at limited stations along its route,3.Solid Intermodal Train, which carried solid consists of piggyback trailers and intermodal containers. When run at up to 60 mph, was the nearest thing to a passenger train. 4. There was the unit train, on the EL, this was mostly loaded coal trains delivering coal to power plants as well as grain trains. This was the least common type of train on the Erie Lackawanna system. Who did these trains serve? That will be covered in the next section before we get to the trains themselves.


Since Piggyback service brought in 40 percent of the freight revenues in the railroad's final years of independent operation, this is where we will start with who the freight customers were. The following are the top 20 TOFC customers and their 1974 cars in and out by location:

1.UPS-Croxton, 12,634 cars in,23,238 cars out, total,35872

2.UPS-Chicago, 12,360 cars in,6959 cars out,total;19214

3.RCJ Agency,Chicago;4929 cars in,3106 cars out,total8035

4.Midwest Emery,Chicago; 900 cars in;3325 cars out;total;4225.

5.Trailer Train,Chicago;601 cars in,3432 cars out;total4033

6.Charter Oaks,Croxton;105 cars in,3090 cars out;3195 total

7.Nabsico,Chicago;1071 cars in,2075 cars out,3146 total.

8.Clipper Exxpress;Chicago;1644 in,875 out,2549 total.

9.Crouch Brothers,Chicago;1018 in,1430 out, total 2448

10.Clipper Carloading,Croxton;650 in,1691 0ut,2346 total

11.RCJ Agency,Croxton,1795 in,427 out, 2222 total.

12.Lifschultz,Chicago,1604 in,316 out,1920 total

13.Midwest Haulers,Chicago;1805 in,316 out, 1921 total

14.Charter Oaks, Chicago,1486 in,197 out, total,1683

15.Lifschultz,Croxton, 270 In, 1406 out, total1676

16.RCA,Dunmore,PA; out;1558,total 1558.

17.Nabisco,Fairlawn,NJ; 407 In,1104 out, total 1511.

18.Universal Carloading,Chicago;604 in,687 out,total 1291.

19.Eastcoast Shippers,Chicago;1275 in out; NA,total 1275

20.REA Express,Chicago, 954 in,166 out, total;1120. It should be noted that of these top 20 TOFC customers of the Erie Lackawnna, REA Express was on its last legs and in its final full year of operation. It tied up for the last time in November,1975.
Carload freight traffic made up most of the freight revenues of the railroad. The following are the top 23 customers and their 1974 cars handled, both in and out, where available by location.
1.Republic Steel;Cleveland,Warren,Youngstown,and Niles;
15,581 in,7044 out, total 22,625. Total is all for locations.
2.Youngstown Sheet & Tube,Youngstown;15581 in,7044 out,total22635.
3.Ford Motor Company,Mahwah,NJ;14011 in,8075 out,total;22086.
4.Allied Chemical,Solvay,NY;19288 in,out-total 19288.
5.Allied Chemical,Jamesville,NY;out;18603.
6.US Steel, Youngstown; 3785 in,2707 out,total;6492.
7.Republic Steel,Buffalo,NY;631 in,4533 out,total;5164.
8.Sharon Steel,Sharon,PA; 2748 in,1727 out;total;4475.
9.Fisher Foods,Cleveland;3873 in,6 out;total;3879.
10.Greenville Steel & Car Co.,Greenville;1387 in,2368 out,total;3755.
11.Whippany Paperboard,Whippany,NJ;2533 in,1035 out;3568.
12.General Foods,Clifton,NJ;2867 in,274 out;3141 total.
13.Valley Mould & Iron;1644 in,1104 out,2748 total.
14.Shenango,Inc.,Sharpsville,PA;1807 in;875 out;2682 total.
15.International Multifoods,Baldwinsville,NY;931 in,1693 out;2624 total.
16.Chevy Gear& Axle,Buffalo,NY;356 in,2163 out,2519 total.
17.PPG Ind.,Stony Point,PA,1573 in,647 out;2220 total.
18.Owens-Illinois;N.Bergen,NJ;2162 in,5 out; total 2167.
19.Sherwin Williams,Hubbard,OH;27 in,2033 out,2060 total.
20.Packard Electric,Warren,OH;659 in,1819 out,2578.
21.American Seaway,Cleveland;1970 in,7 out;total 1977.
22.Pacific Veg.&Ml.,Boonton,NJ;293 in;1670 out;1963 total.
23.GATX,Sharon,PA;731 in,1219 out;1950 total.
Together with the top 20 TOFC customers, these carload customers provided the bulk of Erie Lackawanna's freight traffic. Additional freight traffic came from feedmill firms such as Agway, Lumber companies,utilities, cold storage companies, thus further diversifying the railroad's traffic base.Whether all this freight traffic would have been enough to keep the railroad alive had the trustees decided to stay out of Conrail is highly questionable at best, and doubtful at worst as the railroad's service area was in a state of decline and its traffic base was slowly drying up,though the east end commuter traffic was growing. However, it was the freight NOT the commuter traffic that paid the bills. As part of the effort to survive, the Erie Lackawanna, in conjunction with Norfolk and Western and the Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe Railway developed a couple of innovative run through freight services that they hoped would help turn the railroad's declining fortunes around. The joint Santa Fe-EL service was called The Excellerator and the pair of trains in this service ran through between Santa Fe's Argentine Yard in Kansas City,Kansas, and EL's Croxton,NJ yard. The other pair of trains made up a joint EL-N&W Cannonball service with the New York Cannonball delivered to EL at Huntington,IN for its eastbound run,while the westbound St.Louis Cannonball was delivered to N&W at Huntington,IN. These two trains could often be seen with N&W power mixed with EL units. The 1972 bankruptcy filing by Erie Lackawanna after Hurricane Agnes did her dirty work put an end to the Cannonballs. The Excellerator trains lasted a bit longer,then these, too disappeared from the rails. Once Trustees Ralph Tyler and Thomas Patton made the commitment to Conrail in late 1975, the railroad simply kept running its slate of through freight trains, though on relaxed schedules to buy time until Conrail was ready to assume operation of the portions of EL designated to Conrail after Chessie System refused to take it. By then, the orphaned Cleveland-Youngstown passenger train was on borrowed time as was the rest of the railroad. More on that in passenger operations. Around midnight, March 31,1976, all Erie Lackawanna trains already enroute were stopped in mid run so the dispatchers could issue them the first Conrail train orders and designations for those EL trains to be continued in operation. Interestingly, a number of EL train symbols were continued by Conrail into its first full year of operation.


Table 1. 98 Fast Freight Service

Stations PN98 NY98 SE98

Chicago Lv 1800 2330 ----
Hammond Lv 1930 0100 ----
Huntington Ar 2315 0430 -----
Huntington Lv 2345 0500 ----
Lima Lv ---- ---- ----
Marion Ar 0300 0815 ----
Marion Lv 1215 0945 ----
Akron JO Lv 1630 1415 ----
Kent Ar ---- ---- ----
Kent Lv ----- ----- ----
Meadville Ar 1930 1745 ----
Meadville Lv 2100 1915 ----
Salamanca Ar ---- ---- ----
Salamanca Lv 0001 2215 ----
Hornell Ar 0230 0115 ----
Hornell lv 0245 0215 ----
Gang Mills Lv 0930 --- ----
Elmira Lv 0600 --- ----
Binghamton Ar ----- ---- ----
Binghamton Lv 0800 0630 ----
Scranton Ar 1000 0840 ----
Scranton Lv ----- 0845 1600
Slateford Jct. lv.------ 1143 1845
Port Morris lv ----- 1315 ----
Lake Jct. Lv ---- ---- 2005
Croxton Ar ----- 1500 ----
5.Gang Mills
7.Binghamton (except Perishables)

18.New York Terminal
1. Meadville-Buffalo
8.via D&amp;H-B&amp;M
9. via D&amp;H
15. via Maybrook.

Table 2. 97 Fast Freight Service
Stations NY97 NE97
Croxton Lv 0245 ----
Maybrook Lv ---- 1015
Port Jervis Ar 0530 1135
Port Jervis Lv 0540 1430
Susquehanna Lv 0930 1730
Binghamton Lv 1015 1805
Hornell Ar 1330 2100
Hornell Lv 1345 2115
River Jct. Ps 1430 2200
Salamanca Lv 1600 2330
Jamestown Lv ----- 0030
Meadville Ar 1900 0215
Meadville Lv 2145 0500
Akron JO By 0045 0845
Marion Ar 0500 1245

12. Cleveland via Leavitsburg
1. Lima and via
2.Huntington and via.
4.Hammond and via.
5 via BRC 87th Street
10. Miscellaneous
11.TOFC Loads and empties

1.Lima and via
4.Hammond and via.
5 via BRC 87th Street
10 Miscellaneous
11.TOFC Loads and Empties
3.Marion and via.

Table 3. 99 Fast Freight Service
Stations TC99 ES99 NY99 PB99 A/CX99 CX99

Croxton Lv ----- ---- 2300 ---- 0300 0530
Port Jervis A ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 0800
Port Jervis L --- ----- ---- ---- ---- 0830
Susquehanna ---- ----- ---- ---- ---- 1125
Lake Jct. ---- 1630 ---- --- ---- ----
Port Morris ----- ---- 0045 ---- 0500 ----
Slateford Jct. ---- 1730 0135 ---- 0545 ----
Scranton A ---- 2030 0345 ---- 0745 ----
Scranton L ----- ---- 0400 ---- 0805 ----
Binghamton L 2300 ---- 0545 0830 0945 1201
Hornell A 0330 ---- 0830 1145 1230 1445
Hornell L 0400 ---- 0840 1155 1240 1450
River Jct. By 0445 ---- 0920 1240 1325 1530
Salamanca 0630 ---- 1045 1415 1500 1710
Meadville A 0930 ----- 1330 1708 1745 2000
Meadville L 1000 ----- 1400 1840 1810 2030
Akron JO By 1400 ----- 1700 2145 2100 2330
Marion A 1730 ----- 2015 0045 0035 0305
Marion L --- ----- 1930 0001 2345 0215
Huntington A ---- ----- 2250 0305 0250 0515
Huntington L ---- ----- 2300 0315 0300 0540
Hammond ---- ------ 0200 0715 0625 0840
Chicago A ---- ----- 0330 0845 0745 1000
NOTE; time change to Central Time made at Marion,Ohio.
Table4.100 Fast Freight Service
Stations 2/NY100 TC100 PB100 NY100
Chicago L 0430 1500 2000 2230
Hammond L 0540 1630 2105 2340
Huntington A 0850 2015 0001 0245
Huntington L 0910 2100 0010 0300
Marion A 1205 0030 0315 0605
Marion L 1345 0230 0500 0715
Akron JO L 1700 0730 0830 1040
Meadville A 2000 1100 1145 1330
Meadville L 2020 1230 1215 1400
Salamanca L 2310 1530 1500 1640
River Jct. L 0050 1715 1645 1820
Hornell A 0135 1800 1730 1905
Hornell L 0140 1815 1740 1915
Gang Mills L ---- 1945 ---- ----
Binghamton A ---- 2230 2045 2200
Binghamton L ---- ---- ---- 2345
Scranton A ---- ---- ---- 2355
Scranton L ---- ---- ---- 0200
Slateford Jct. ---- ---- ---- 0245
Susquehanna L 0505 ---- ---- ----
Port Jervis A 0815 ---- ---- ----
Port Jervis L 0840 ---- ---- ----
Croxton A 1100 ---- ---- 0415
TC100 and PB100 delivered to D&amp;H at Binghamton. Both trains ran through to Boston. NY99 and NY100 were known as The Flying Saucers, even into the EL years. These two trains later became solid piggybackers in the railroad's final years. Divisional local freights are shown under each division on which these trains were operated.

Table5. Buffalo Freight Service-Eastbound
Buffalo Lv..1030....1130.....1330....1930..2100....2330
Hornell AR..1430....1500.....1630....2300..0015....0145
Hornell Lv..1715....1515.....1640....2345..0035....0200
Gang Mills....2000....----......---....----..0400....----
Binghamton Ar 2300....----......---....0415..0600....----
Binghamton Lv.----....1830.....----....0445..----....0530
Scranton Ar.........2030.....----....0645..----....----
Scranton Lv.........2100.....----....----..----....----
Slateford Jct.-----...2330.....----....----..----....----
Port Morris...-----...0100.....----....----..----....----
Susquehanna By-----...----.....2015....----..----....0610
Port Jervis AR-----...----.....2315....----..----....1000
Port jervis Lv-----...----.....2345...-----..----....----
Croxton Ar..-----...0330.....0500....----..----....----</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Table 5B. Westbound Service (All schedules from 1974 timetable and 1967 schedule book)</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Stations....................HB1.........TC1..........ND91........AB91</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Croxton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv..........1000.........0900..........2130.........--------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Jervis Ar ........------..........1245.........--------........---------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Jervis Lv........-------..........1315........--------.........---------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Morris............1230..........---------.......2315.........---------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>SlatefordJct. ........1445.........----------.......0001.........---------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Scranton&nbsp; Ar.........1730........-----------.......0200........----------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Scranton Lv .........1830........-----------.......0225........-----------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>BinghamtonAr......2030........----------.......-------......... ----------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>BinghamtonLv.....2115........1730..........0425............0130</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Elmira.................-------........-------..........-------............0445</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Gang Mills..........------.........-------..........--------...........0700</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Hornell&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar.....0130.......2030..........0725............0815</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Hornell......Lv......0200......2045..........0730............0830</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Buffalo.....Ar.......0600......0130..........1030............1130</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>AB91 received from Delaware and Hudson at Binghamton</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>ND91 delivered to Norfolk and Western(Wabash) at Buffalo</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>TC1 delivered to Norfolk and Western (Nickel Plate Road) at Buffalo.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Table 6. Inaugural EL-N&amp;W Cannonball Service, 4-23-70.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>SLCB The St. Louis Cannonball</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Ramp Cutoff Time&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2100&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; EL</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Croxton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; LV&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2200</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Jervis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2430</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Jervis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2440</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Meadville&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1201</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Meadville&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1220</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Marion&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1825 EST</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Marion&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1750 CST</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Huntington&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2100&nbsp;&nbsp; Train delivered to N&amp;W</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Peru&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2230</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Peru&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2245</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Decatur&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0445</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Decatur&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0500</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>St. Louis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; AR&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0800 (Luther Yard)</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Table 6B NYCB New York Cannonball</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Cutoff Brooklyn Ramp&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1930</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>St. Louis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2030</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Decatur&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2330</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Decatur&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2345</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Peru&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0545</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Peru&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;0600</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Huntington&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0730 Train delivered to EL</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Marion&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1040&nbsp; CST</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Marion&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1155&nbsp;&nbsp; EST</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Meadville&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1805</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Meadville&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1825</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Jervis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0550</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Jervis&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0600</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Croxton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ar&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0830</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Grounding&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0930</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>First run of each of these trains took place on May 4,1970 after</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>April 23,1970 introduction of these schedules. This run through</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>service ended in 1972 as a result of the Erie Lackawanna being </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>washed into bankruptcy by Hurricane Agnes, after which time,</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>the Norfolk and Western washed its hands of the EL,leaving the</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>struggling railroad on its own. Even as the physical plant was </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>deteriorating, the EL tried to give i ts shippers the best service it</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>could under the increasingly difficult circumstances. Other run through services the Erie Lackawanna participated in were the joint service with the Santa FE called Excellerator, and two pairs of run through trains with the Delaware and Hudson and Boston and Maine railroads.</FONT></DIV>
102.N&W St. Louis
103 Huntington and via.
106.IC Gulf
107.Rock Island
108.Burlington Northern
109.Santa Fe
110.Chicago 51st Street
A. Forwarder
111.TOFC traffic for and via the Chicago Piggyback Ramp.
114.Gang Mills
115.Silver Springs
120.Brier Hill
123.North Randall
132.N&W Bellevue
6.Gang Mills
7.Delaware and Hudson
8.Boston and Maine
9.Binghamton (Incl. all for S&U Branches)
11.Central of New Jersey
17.Port Jervis
18.New York Terminal
20.Brier Hill
23.North Randall
Before each train was allowed to leave its originating terminal, yard personnel were tasked with seeing to it that the train's car groupings were assembled in the appropriate groupings according to the stops to be made to switch cars in and out of the train and in order to be made. While most trains shown in the 1973 schedule book operated daily, a few trains were desginated as to days of operation and/or traffic to be carried.
This consisted of the following;;
1.326 Cabooses
2.9417 General Service Boxcars
3.2360 Special Service Boxcars
4.389 Refrigerator Cars
5.39 Container cars
6..15 70 ton ccke cars
7.3089 open   top hoppers
8.1388 covered hoppers
9..2588 drop end gondolas
10.1199 regular service solid end gondolas
11.390 coil or  flat  s teel gondolas
12.612 special service solid end gondolas
13.315 regular  service flatcars
14.391 special service flatcars
15.172 piggyback  flatcars
16.31 depressed center flatcars
Total freight cars (1969);22725
1.2865 Vans
2.115  open top trailers
3.114 flatbed trailers
4.208 refrigerated trailers
5.2 containers.
1.10 Diesel-electric tugs
2.1 Lighter
3.71 open deck scows
4.85 baarges
5.23 carfloats
All of which, when taken together, enabled the Erie Lackawanna to provide its shippers, a complete array of freight   services that was every bit as  good as that of other railroads and far superior to that by the giant Penn Central.