Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad Coal Wagon Historical

Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad Coal Wagon Historical (HM1X1Q)

Location: Honesdale, PA 18431 Wayne County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 34.278', W 75° 15.361'

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This coal wagon is a full sized replica of the wagon used on the D&H Gravity Railroad to transport anthracite coal from Carbondale to Honesdale from 1828 until 1898. The loaded wagons traveled a distance of 15.5 miles. The empty wagons travelled a distance of 21 miles returning to Carbondale. The wagons were linked together in groups of three to five. They were hooked or unhooked to the cables by men called "Trippers." The wagons were 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and stood eight feet high; they each carried between two to three tons of coal.
After the Gravity [Railroad] and Canal closed, 4012 wagons were destroyed by fire to reclaim the metal fittings in 1899 and 605 wagons in 1900 - not one remained. During the early years up to 100,000 tons of coal was moved over the mountain each year - in later years over one million tons were transported annually.
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HM NumberHM1X1Q
Placed ByConcerned Citizens and Organizations
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 478655 N 4602211
Decimal Degrees41.57130000, -75.25601667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 34.278', W 75° 15.361'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 34' 16.68" N, 75° 15' 21.66" W
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Area Code(s)570
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 32 Commercial St, Honesdale PA 18431, US
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