The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad is Classic Trains' Railroad of the Month for March 2022
Delaware Lackawanna and Western locomotives: All through March, Classic Trains editors are celebrating the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Please enjoy this photo selection of DL&W locomotives selected from the image archives of Kalmbach Media’s David P. Morgan Library.
Lackawanna steam locomotives were top-notch among Northeast coal-hauling roads. The railroad’s last steam locomotive ran in 1953.
The Lackawanna bought several groups of switchers from Alco and Electro-Motive beginning in 1933, and dieselized its freight and passenger trains mainly with EMD F and E units starting in 1945. It kept things interesting by acquiring F-M Train Masters and H-16-44s as well. The DL&W merged with the Erie to form Erie-Lackawanna on Oct. 17, 1960.
Since October 2019, Classic Trains’ editors have celebrated a different Fallen Flag, that is, a Class I railroad that has been felled by bankruptcy, merger, or outright take over — and whose name, logos, symbols, and colors are relegated to history.