The Lehigh and Hudson River Railway

The Last Day

Wednesday, March 31, 1976 was the last day of operations for the L&HR as the L&HR. At the stroke of midnight, it and six other bankrupt railroads in the Northeastern U.S. would become Conrail, created by the federal government. Lifelong friend Brian Wood and I took off from our jobs to chase and photograph the last day's running. The pictures that follow are from that day. (More will be added as I get them digitized.)

Depart Warwick 1 The daily 'Maybrook Turn', an afternoon run, departs the Warwick yards. The crew had finished drilling any local work in town, and would run to Maybrook to exchange cars with the Penn-Central, and act as a way freight, switching any sidings along the way that needed to be serviced.