December 14 2012

Press Release: WCHS Bus Trip Will Follow Gravity Route

D&H Gravity Dock, Honesdale, 1898. The coal from the Lackawanna County minefields was transported on the gravity railroad and loaded on canal boats at Honesdale.

On Sunday, June 10, historian S. Robert Powell of the Carbondale Historical Society will retrace the route of the Delaware & Hudson Gravity Railroad from Honesdale to Carbondale on a bus trip sponsored by the Wayne County Historical Society. The trip will start in Honesdale, where the coal was loaded onto the D&H Canal boats, to the anthracite coal fields in Carbondale, where it was mined. Mr. Powell will point out significant locations at stops along the way, and the itinerary includes visits to the Carbondale Historical Society and Wayne County Historical Society.

The bus will depart from the Route 6 Mall in Honesdale at 1 pm and return at approximately 6 pm. The price is $20 for members of the Wayne County Historical Society or Carbondale Historical Society and $25 for non-members. Reservations can be made at the WCHS Museum and Research Library, 810 Main St., Honesdale, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, or with a credit card by phone (570-253-3240) or email at No reservations will be accepted without payment, and the deadline for reservations is June 2. There will be no refunds for cancellations after that date.

For more information, contact Gloria McCullough at 570-253-3240 or