DL&W had two mainlines which converged on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River. Both originated in Hoboken, NJ, crossed New Jersey, crossed the Delaware River, and headed through East Stroudsburg, Analomink, Mount Pocono, and Scranton, PA, continuing on into New York state.
The Old Main ran through the towns of Port Morris, Hackettstown, Port Murray, Washington, Oxford, Buttzville, ManunkaChunk, and Delaware, New Jersey, crossed the river on the "Old Bridge" at Delaware, then proceeded North along the river to Slateford Junction, Delaware Water Gap, East Stroudsburg, and points North West to Scranton (and beyond) in Pennsylvania.
The New Main, usually called the (New Jersey) Lackawanna Cutoff, split from the old main at Port Morris and proceeded to Lake Hopatcong, through Andover, Blairstown, and Hainesburg New Jersey, crossed into Pennsylvania at the bridge at Slateford Junction, and merged with the old main heading North to the Delaware Water Gap.
The Cutoff was a no-grade-crossing high-speed mainline, built on miles of fill and cuts. Numerous bridges and at least one auto tunnel carried local roads over (and under) the mainlines. It eliminated several degrees of curvature, and bypassed the Oxford tunnel, the trackage of which had been converted to gauntlet track due to the increased size of the equipment being used, and the low clearances in the tunnel.
Notable Sites and Links:
- DL&W Bridge at Slateford - 'massive' concrete multi-arch bridge; signal Tower at Slateford, PA
- DL&W Bridge at Hainesburg - Similar to bridge at Slateford
- DL&W Bridge - "Old Mainline" - Delaware, NJ
- DL&W Bridge - "Old Mainline" - Buttzville, NJ - one of the railroad's first concrete bridges
Stroudsburg: Depot and Signal Tower, restored to original condition. http://esrrtower.org/
East Stroudsburg Railroad Tower Society. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Stroudsburg_station
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Line Scranton to Slateford Junction Historic Resource Study (1991). https://irma.nps.gov/App/Reference/DownloadDigitalFile?code=453729&file=Clemensen1991_HRSWesternRail.pdf
Historic Resource Study: Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, Pennsylvania