Abandoned Lehigh Valley Railroad Passenger Station – PA


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25 thoughts on “Abandoned Lehigh Valley Railroad Passenger Station – PA”

  1. I was a bit of an urban explorer in my younger days, back in the 1970’s. In
    those days the URBEX scene was a lot different than today. We didn’t have
    the internet to share our finds and, we didn’t work in groups as it was
    difficult to find like-minded people. Instead most of us, myself included,
    did all our exploring alone.If we got injured or got into a jam we had
    nobody to back us up and nobody to get help. Still we took our chances and
    did it because we found it interesting. I think its great that nowadays
    most of you guys work in groups. Makes it a lot safer. Also, these days you
    have video cameras plus the Internet to share your work. These days I leave
    the urban exploring to the younger folk. I am not as agile as I used to be
    when I was young,

  2. I grew up in that city in the 60s-80s and I’ve always wondered what the
    inside looked like. Thanks for the tour!

  3. It is interesting to see the reaction of today’s youth to the past that
    many of us took for granted when their age. I’m sure future generations
    will find their primitive cameras and light sources odd..Keep exploring
    kids!

  4. Do you wear any sort of breathing mask? I recently visited the abandoned
    campground in Toms River, NJ and I’m sure I was breathing in some gnarly
    shit

  5. MrMustacrackish

    I go to a welding school in the area and a kid from new Jersey was making
    fun of kids from around here because of how excited we get about abandoned
    warehouses and stuff. He was like relax scooby doo, I’m 23 years old but I
    still think the history of this area is fascinating and who wouldn’t want
    to check out places like this.

  6. At the beginning, the light under the canopy is a mercury vapor unit. The
    ballast is in the box mounted on the ceiling next to it. At 7:07 is a
    Westinghouse RLM incandescent fixture with a porcelain head, which I’d love
    to have. At 16:31 I believe it was or thereabouts, you see a VERY early 4
    foot fluorescent fixture hanging on only one stem, circa 1939-42. It looked
    to have had an external ballast that apparently rusted off of it, and may
    also have a fibre (paper made from cotton) reflector. If it has a fibre
    reflector it is from 1942 to 1944, as they used the non metallic reflectors
    to save metals for the war effort of World War 2. Too bad it was in such
    bad shape, ast fixtures like this are valuable to collectors like me. At
    the end of the clip I see that quite a few of the mercury vapor lights you
    show a closeup of at the beginning of the video are there—and are also
    desirable to collectors. sad to see this stuff lying in ruin. Also, the
    electrical panel had a slate base and is quite early as are the meters.
    Somebody, not surprisingly, stole all the copper bus bars and knife
    switches etc from this panel, a shame. I have 2 1905 vintage GE panels,
    open type (no enclosure) designed by Charles Steinmetz for the nearby
    (still in operation) Schaghticoke-Schenectady power station about 2 miles
    from my house. If you can believe this–OSHA made the power station remove
    the open busbar panels citing a “serious shock hazard” when the panel runs
    at only 120/240 volts, yet they said nothing about the 2400 volt open bare
    copper busbars just above your head that take current from the original
    1905 GE/Steinmetz hydro powered generators out to the step-up transformers
    that rise the voltage to 34.000 volts! If you contact those 2400 volt
    busbars you will be fried like being nuked in a huge microwave, but the
    120/240 volt panels were considered a ‘hazard to human life’—-can you
    understand this reasoning because I can’t! well–I was given these panels,
    and they are live and in use in my museum trailer, currently with clear
    vinyl sheeting hanging over them until I can build a proper safety cage
    around them to keep hands out. The reasoning of bureaucrats never ceases to
    astound me—by their utter stupidity! Anyway, cheers! Rick “C-6”
    Delair–light bulb and fixture collector and lighting historian for The
    Edison Tech Center in Schenectady, NY http://www.edisontechcenter,org 

  7. What was that bug at 7.17, I stopped counting its legs after 20, hate to
    have seen it when it was still alive.

  8. shenandoahvalleytv

    An amazing documentary. I grew up in Allentown, and would have been 14 when
    passenger operations ceased. So this kind of hit home. Of course, your
    story would never appear on the History Channel or be presented by a
    museum. You’re the real deal — no restoration or sanitized interpretation
    as you examine the details. The contrast between the decayed glory that
    remains from the station’s heydey and the present evidence of homeless
    occupation and drug activity is very compelling to me. Thanks for your
    work.

  9. Chizzie Lovell

    Great video. What’s hard to believe is why can’t they refubish this great
    place.

  10. I love your videos! I like how you capture the small details as well tat
    otherwise would be of been left underappreciated. and the footage flows
    nicley and there is this cool raw feeling to them. Makes me feel like I’m
    in the same room as you guys. 

  11. MsGrotesqueBurlesque

    Also grew up in Allentown. Finding videos of people exploring abandoned
    places in the Lehigh Valley makes me smile. I wish I had the balls and
    willing friends to explore some of these places myself.

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