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New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway
The New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYS&W), also known as the Susie-Q, is a freight railway that runs from Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties in northern New Jersey northwest through Binghamton, New York with northern termini in Syracuse and Utica. It was formed in 1881 from the merger of several smaller railroads, and provided passenger and freight service (mainly coal hauling) until its 1976 reorganization into a freight-only service.
The NYS&W received coal shipments from the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania until its 1892 expansion with two lines to reach the coal fields directly. They were known as the Wilkes Barre and Eastern and the Susquehanna Connecting railroads, which ran directly into the Wyoming Valley anthracite coal district.
The NYS&W continues freight operations today. There are currently connections with three major rail lines. CSX connects in Syracuse, New York and North Bergen, New Jersey; Norfolk Southern in Binghamton, New York and the Passaic Junction rail yard in Saddle Brook, New Jersey; the Canadian Pacific Railroad connects in Binghamton, New York.
- NYS&W Web Site
- NYS&W Technical & Historical Society
- Info on the Susie-Q name and logo; rail collision with a dump truck
- General History of NYS&W
- Railfan.net NYS&W Site
- Railroad.net NYS&W forum
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