Ithaca to Geneva

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Looking northwest at the Lehigh Valley passenger station in Ithaca, NY. The passenger cars can be seen to the left. From the 1970s until the 1990s, this station and the passenger cars served as a restaurant called "The Station Restaurant". Today, the station is now a bank, the Chemung Canal Trust Company. Photo by Kevin M. Smith, May 2008.

where petes store is use to be a lumber yard called Robinson and Carpenters They use to have there lumber brought in by boxcar. The siding was about where the gas pumps are today. It would get very hot in those cars in the summer. The lumber was not sorted by size so you had to sort it on the truck then load it in the bins all by hand.

dave higgins
trumansburg, NY
9/6/2011

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my great grandparents lived and farmed at willow creek and used the willow creek station for passenger and freight service.the train at the lehigh valley station came in around 1966. we use to play in that train before they put it at the station.we also played in the station before they fixed it up.

david higgins
trumansburg, NY
12/29/2013

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This was the passenger main line connection to Geneva, which was by-passed in the late 1800s due to steep grades down into the valley. With the cessation of passenger service in 1961, it was removed between Geneva Jct. and Trumansburg, and from there to Ithaca in 1966. A 1967 flood control project completely eliminated the original LV yard and engine facilities; the yard which exists today was built then. The line from the south connects to the former branch up the east side of the lake to serve a salt mine and a power plant.

The one passenger car at the station, which was a restaurant for years before becoming a bank, is a former LV work train car, although what it was prior to that is unknown. The other car is Boston & Maine; the caboose former NYC; and the locomotive an industrial switcher.

Bill Kisselstein
Liverpool, NY
3/18/2014

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