The Erie Lackawanna Railroad Logbook
This is a train log that logged trains that traveled along the line that went from Chicago through New York State and Pennsylvania, then New Jersey, and which finally ended up in New York City. It defines my youth – in the 1960’s, the train tracks were pulled up in Newton, NJ, and the old train station then fell into disrepair. This particular logbook is unused – and it has columns perfect for a Ham Radio Log.
Newton, NJ Station – Erie Lackawanna Spur Line
The Erie Lackawanna tracks crossed south of Rochester, NY, where I spent my first year out of college at Kodak – and where I lived in Fairport – a town right on the Erie Canal. South of this train line – I went to college at Lock Haven State College in Lock Haven, PA.
The Erie Lackawanna train traveled from Pennsylvania to New Jersey – here at the Delaware Water Gap
There is a famous viaduct bridge that carried the trains across the Delaware River to NJ and then more or less following where Route 80 is. During High School – after we all had cars – we would skip school and climb around the bridge – it was open and you could crawl around the viaduct parts and look down at the Delaware River. I know I partook in “Senior Skip Day” – where I didn’t get in trouble. I pretty much stayed out of trouble – heck – all my life – heh heh.
Chicago to NYC along the Erie Lackawanna (click on the map for a better view. Newton is in that little offset at the bottom right)
I will use this hardbound logbook for my 300 Free Range QRP DX QSO’s. It is in great shape, but the cover has some dings – so its not a collectors piece, and I will ceremoniously write entries using a pretty cool fountain pen:
This will most likely be my “last logbook”, because I expect that getting to 300 entities from any combination of entities on the DXCC and IOTA lists will take a good 20 years. I base this on making Honor Roll in 11 years – but where I had full power and a big antenna (at one point). I also believe that the amount of CW DX will dwindle over these years.
Maybe – like the logbook shown above, or the railroad station in Newton, NJ – I will become a true relic of a bygone era?
Here is one last bit of nostalgia – a 1962 ARRL MiniLog – purchased in Braintree, MA at a Radio Shack – for $.30:
Time marches on!