USA Trains – “The Erie Lackawanna Railway Phoebe Snow ca. 1963-66”

“The Erie Lackawanna Railway Phoebe Snow ca. 1963-66”

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Phoebe Snow was a named passenger train operated by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and after a brief hiatus, the Erie Lackawanna Railway. The train was named as part of the DL&W’s marketing campaign, around 1900, along with the fictional character of Phoebe Snow to emphasize how the exhaust from its steam locomotives was cleaner than competitors’ locomotives, as a result of using anthracite coal. It traveled across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Southern Tier of New York. The line’s route pass over the Paulinskill Viaduct and the Delaware River Viaduct of the Lackawanna Cutoff in northeastern New Jersey and the Tunkhannock Viaduct on the portion of its route between Scranton, Pennsylvania to Binghamton, New York. On November 15, 1949, the Lackawanna Railroad inaugurated a new streamlined passenger train named after its long-dormant promotional symbol. The new Phoebe Snow represented the modernization of the Lackawanna passenger train fleet, and its image. The new train became Train No. 3 (westbound) and No. 6 (eastbound), which previously had been assigned to the railroad’s formerly premier train, the Lackawanna Limited. The Phoebe Snow ran on a daylight schedule between Hoboken, N.J., and Buffalo, N.Y., a trip of 396 miles, in about eight hours. The train was retired in 1966. See more at and follow us on Facebook at


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