Scranton Long Lines Tower

Basic
Region: Scranton, PA
Location
Type: AT&T Long Lines facility
Status: Abandoned
Parent: AT&T Long Lines
Opened: 1970
Closed: 2000
Tower Structure
Structure Type: Freestanding
Use Type: Long Lines
Height (AGL): 80 feet

Physical Description

This is an AT&T Long Lines tower built to service the Scranton area. It is 80 feet tall, and has 6 antennas. The lower level consists of 4 Western Electric style C band horn reflector antennas, and the top level consists of 2 Gabriel antennas. The tower is accompanied by a medium sized utility building. No nuclear bunker is known for this location. As evident by the picture below of the waveguides, there used to be at least 4 additional waveguides at a frequency higher than the C band. From this we can infer that at one point there were more antennas than what’s on the tower now. This has been confirmed (read below). The size of the antennas cannot be conveyed by photos alone. Just the Gabriel antennas alone are 15 feet tall!

History and Operations

AT&T bought the land this tower is on from Ransom in 1966. Shortly after, the tower was built around 1970, with the facility name RANSOM, PA, and the callsign KVU42 and WLC985. The tower had confirmed links to a no-longer existent tower in Scranton (city), a facility in Beaumont, Penobscot Knob (Wilkes-Barre), and Topton (Allentown metro area). It is possible that there was also a link to South Sterling.

In 1974, the facility changed the polarization of its S-band system from horizontal to vertical. From this we can gather likely that not all of these services were operational at the same time, and that the tower underwent a major change to its broadcasting systems sometime during its life. The tower begain its life with an S-band system, and sometime after 1974 changed to the standard Long Lines C-band system. An additional X-band system was installed at some point, which can no longer be seen. The X-band system was likely installed in its later life, as they were likely to serve the digital radio link from Scranton to Allentown (Topton). According to current FCC records, all “recent” transmissions were on the C and X bands, all in FXO mode.

The licenses for this facility were canceled in 2000, and the facility has seen a sharp decline in condition since.

Final Note

This location is abandoned, used frequently as a partying/drinking/shooting spot, and a prime example for why this site does not disclose the locations of abandoned buildings. The utility building has had its styrofoam insulation shot and ripped off, the wooden roof ripped off and burned, and the building itself set on fire an uncountable amount of times.

Elk Mountain Winter View from Scranton Long Lines Tower

Elk Mountain Winter View from Scranton Long Lines Tower

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a photo of Elk Mountain in the winter from the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]].

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Looking Up at the Scranton Long Lines Tower

Looking Up at the Scranton Long Lines Tower

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

The Scranton Long Lines tower in whole.

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Scranton Long Lines Tower Cut Waveguides

Scranton Long Lines Tower Cut Waveguides

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a photo of the cut waveguides at the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]].

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Scranton Long Lines Tower - Going Up

Scranton Long Lines Tower - Going Up

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

Climbing the ladder to the top of the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]].

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Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016 - Electrical Equipment

Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016 - Electrical Equipment

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

Here is a photo of long-gone electrical equipment inside the utility building of the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]]. This equipment dehumidified and pressurized the waveguides. It used a 2-tank configuration to allow one tank to pressurize the waveguides while the other one was dehumidified.

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Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016 - Equipment 1

Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016 - Equipment 1

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

A photo of phone/radio equipment in the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]].

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Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016 - Equipment 2

Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016 - Equipment 2

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

More equipment in the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]].

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Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016

Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2016

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a photo of the remaining equipment in the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]] utility building in 2016. This is the earliest picture I have of the inside of the utility building.

Pre-photography skills, obviously.

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Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2019

Scranton Long Lines Tower - Inside Building 2019

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a photo of the damage inside the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]] utility building as of 2019.

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Scranton Long Lines Tower Western Electric Antenna

Scranton Long Lines Tower Western Electric Antenna

by Max Loiacono - CC BY-SA 4.0

This is a photo of one of the four Western Electric antennas on the [[ Scranton Long Lines Tower ]].

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Top of Western Electric Horn Antenna

Top of Western Electric Horn Antenna

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

This is a photo of the top of a Western Electric C band horn reflector antenna.

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