Advocate for Independent Web Publishing
Don't Forget: Tampa Rail / Wilkes-Barre Rail / OpennessOrg
Article Feature
Walk the Rail to Wilkes-Barre Today
wbrail NJ Transit Video
Comments (0) Hits: (126) Promote (0) Demote (0) Score (0) Permalink

One of the presumed forerunner projects that this website highlights is the Lackawanna Cut-Off Restoration Project. That's because it is the most "actualized" of all the other possibilities I might otherwise mention. Unlike high speed rail, the hyperloop, or light rail connecting Hazleton and Scranton, there's actual work, actual track being laid in New Jersey for this project. If the momentum picks up steam that will eventually mean actual track being laid in Pennsylvania -- first in the Poconos followed at some point thereafter by Scranton. And then yes, Wilkes-Barre.

Screen capture of Chuck Walsh YouTube channel page.

Get to know the Lackawanna Cut-Off thanks to the work of Chuck Walsh.

But what do we really know about the original Lackawanna Cut-Off? It was the defining rail link between New Jersey and - believe it or not - Buffalo, New York, my current home city. Scranton was a stop in between. I actually find it kind of poetic that three of the places I have lived in my lifetime have been accessible by this single line (technically I lived in New York, not New Jersey, but I won't quibble. If this line existed as-is today I'd be able to travel by train to three of my favorite places on the planet right now).

There's a trove of web information on the line if you want to go look for it. This blog isn't based on expert knowledge and doesn't pontificate from that position. Quite the opposite, it is an evolving conversation on what I'm learning as I go . Questions and inaccuracies all.

However, the richest resource I think you'll find today is a YouTube documentary posted by Chuck Walsh approximately one year ago. Walsh is the president of the North Jersey Rail Commuter Association and an enthusiastic advocate for the project. He apparently put the time and gas into composing a 15 video tour of the line as it exists today, visiting key stops and points of interest, often with stories and recollections drawn right from his head of accrued knowledge and experience.

This is the best way right now to "walk" the line into NEPA along with Walsh acting as tour guide and narrator along the way.

First video in a series of 15.

The zero-budget production is raw and maybe a little dry to the non-enthusiast, but it is authentic and I might add, what YouTube is best used for which is the independent presentation of a niche but important subject matter to the thousands who are interested. There is not a TV station or a newspaper that could cover this line to such depth.

If you want to better understand the past to understand the future, this is a great way for the readers of this blog to spend a coffee Saturday afternoon.


How to Share

Status quo institutions are attempting to kill the hyperlink and relegate you to social media. Resist by sharing this content's hyperlink. To share this content copy the URL below to your clipboard and paste it to the medium of your choice. Never let the world forget about the World Wide Web.

Walk the Rail to Wilkes-Barre Today
DaveCam 24/7
Twitter Feed
Activity Metrics

Top Rated Entries
Does Lack of Professional PR Hurt Wilkes-Barre?1
Tony George Fiasco Exposes Hypocrisy 0
Passenger Rail Talks Are Back On0
 
Most Electrified
Where this Blog Is Going290621
Audio of Shooting Triggers Cop Gushing5676
Make Desiree Capuano's Life GREAT2288
 
Most Commented
Check My Click68
Wilkes-Barre Broke54
Happy Hours Are Working Hours (And Then Some)12
 
Archived Entries
Walk the Rail to Wilkes-Barre Today0
That's How Bloggers Roll0
Time to Expand Luzerne County Government0
Wilkes-Barre Station With NJ Transit Signage0
Hope for Rail is a Scrappy One0
A Snowball's Chance0
Decorum Thread Explodes0
Hot Cam Action in Wilkes-Barre0
Struggling to Define Harassment 0
City Council Somehow More Relaxed0