Delaware Lackawanna

Region: Northeast Pennsylvania
Founded: 1993
Type: For profit
Predecessors: Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, Delaware and Hudson
Parent: [[ Genesee Valley Transportation ]]
Reporting Mark: DL
Class: Shortline
Status: Active
Network Length: 88 miles

The Delaware Lackawanna railroad (not to be confused with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western) is a shortline in NEPA. They operate 2 main lines, one from Simpson to South Scranton (ex-DH), and one from Steamtown to Delaware Water Gap/Portland (ex-EL). Their main commodity is frac sand, however many other things, such as lumber, paper products, clay, steel, fuels, coal, stone, and more are shipped on the DL’s lines.

The DL is known for restoring and operating old Alcos; a majority of their roster is made of Alcos! When railfanning them, there’s a small chance you won’t see an all Alco train. They even have two of their own heritage units: an EL C420, and a CNJ RS3. Their roster consists of one wide cab locomotive, a MLW M420W (DL 2045).

The Delaware Lackawanna also hosts many passenger excursions on their lines. Originating from the Steamtown platform, excursions can go on the Carbondale Line, the Pocono Line, or the Laurel Line (ECTM). See the passenger excursion schedule here. See information about trolley rides here.


The DL being relatively young for a railroad does not have an extensive history.

In 1993, the Lackawanna County Rail Authority (now Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority) granted GVT a lease to operate their tracks, creating the DL we know today.