Lehigh and New England – Then & Now

Between Columbia and Hainesburg

LNE crossing Route 94 in 1961

LNE #710 crosses Route 94 with an eastbound train in the summer of 1961. It has just crossed the Delaware River and is on its way to the Paulins Kill bridge and Hainesburg Jct.

Photo by Carl Frederick, taken from THE LEHIGH & NEW ENGLAND RAILRAOD by Douglas E Lilly, ARHS, 1988.

LNE ROW crossing Route 94 in 2002

Looking west at the same grade crossing in Columbia in January of 2002.


LNE at Columbia

As LNE #701 leads a freight towards the Delaware River, it crosses Route 94 at grade. It has just crossed the bridge over the Paulins Kill (the bridge can be accessed by hiking east from this location – please stick to the right-of-way and don’t tresspass!).

Photo by John Treen, from LEHIGH & NEW ENGLAND by Ed Crist, Carstens Publications, Newton, NJ, 1992.

LNE ROW at Columbia in 2002

Looking east at the site of the Route 94 grade crossing in January of 2002 reveals that the right-of-way is overgrown but reasonably intact.


LNE bridge over Paulins Kill

A westbound LNE freight, headed up by a classic consist of handsome FA’s, crosses the Paulins Kill on a through truss bridge.

Photo by John Krause, exerpted from LEHIGH & NEW ENGLAND by Ed Crist, Carstens Publications, Newton, NJ, 1992.

LNE bridge over Paulins Kill in 2002

The same view as seen in January of 2002. To the best of the photographer’s knowledge, this is one of very few L&NE bridges that survived its scrapping in the early 1960’s.