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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Rahway Valley #15

Rahway Valley #15 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Rahway Valley #15 Marker
Inscription.  Baldwin Locomotive Works delivered this engine, a 2-8-0 Consolidation-type locomotive, to the Oneida & Western Railroad in 1916. In 1937, after twenty-one years of grueling Tennessee mountain service, the Oneida & Western Railroad sold it to the Rahway Valley Railroad for use on their New Jersey short line.

During its active career on the Rahway Valley, #15 hauled freight between the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad at Summit, New Jersey, and the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the Central Railroad of New Jersey at New Orange.

In 1953, with their diesel engine down for repairs, the Rahway Valley fired up and worked #15 for the last time. Shortly thereafter, the company took delivery of a second diesel and the era of steam on the Rahway Valley ended.

"...the handsome Consolidation [#15] remained the master mechanic's pet and the favorite of most observers. Her charms were even audible, in a clean exhaust and a melodious whistle on which Engineer Frank Froat could sound either muted, low tones or higher, louder notes of urgency. The admirers of that whistle are many...its notes echoed among the mountains of Tennessee."
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Steam Locomotive magazine, 1959.
Erected by Steamtown Nataionl Historic Site - National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 41° 24.502′ N, 75° 40.407′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is on Mechanic Street, on the left when traveling east. Located in the parking lot for Steamtown National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reading #2124 (here, next to this marker); Grand Trunk Western #6039 (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamtown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Pacific #4012 (about 500 feet away); Illinois Central #790 (about 500 feet away); Oil House Foundation (about 500 feet away); CNJ #5 Steam Derrick (about 500 feet away); Bullard Company #2 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Summit, New Jersey Station of the Rahway Valley Railroad.
Also see . . .  Locomotives at Steamtown National Historic Site. (Submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Rahway Valley #15 and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. Rahway Valley #15 and Marker
Rahway Valley #15 and Tender image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. Rahway Valley #15 and Tender
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 937 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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