Delaware-lackawanna Railroad opens new engine house in city
SCRANTON — The parent company of the Delawarelackawanna Railroad formally opened its new state-of-theart engine house in the city’s Green Ridge section Thursday, buttressing its commitment to rail operations locally.
The facility, known as the Von Storch Locomotive Shops, represents a more than $2 million investment by Genesee Valley Transportation Co. Inc.
As dozens of invited guests and GVT employees watched and applauded, the Delawarelackawanna 405 diesel locomotive slowly eased into the cavernous building in the 1500 block of Von Storch Avenue, breaking a ceremonial blue ribbon strung across the entrance.
GVT President David Monte Verde said when the Delaware-lackawanna became the operator for what is known today as the Pennsylvania
Northeast Regional Railroad Authority in 1993, it had three locomotives and hauled about 1,500 railcars.
The railroad moved 9,500 cars last year, and it now runs 18 locomotives on a daily basis, he said.
“It’s a pretty busy little railroad,” Monte Verde said.
GVT said the new Von Storch shop had become an operational necessity for the company because of the growth in rail traffic.
It replaces a much smaller shop in South Scranton that was built in 1988. That facility will be retained and used as a central hub for housing and maintaining track maintenance equipment, the company said.
The Green Ridge facility will serve as the primary repair shop for locomotives across the GVT system. The company, which is based in Batavia, New York, operates three other railroads in New York that have 17 locomotives among them.
“What’s also good for Scranton and this shop is when those locomotives need major overhaul, we bring them here,” Monte Verde said.
Larry Malski, president of the PNRRA, said the facility will open up another opportunity for GVT: rebuilding locomotives for other railroads.
“It really is almost like a new industry . ... That’s a big business, but you have the facility to do it,” he said.
As the operator for the PNRRA, the Delaware-lackawanna hauls materials for industries served by the authority, which owns almost 90 miles of track, mostly in Lackawanna and Monroe counties.
The new locomotive shop is part of the authority’s Green Ridge Yard and stands near the site of a former Delaware & Hudson roundhouse built in the 1800s.
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Employees from Genesee Valley Transportation Co. Inc., the parent company of the Delaware-lackawanna Railroad, and guests gather Thursday as the Delaware-lackawanna business car train pulls into the new Von Storch Locomotive Shops in Scranton.
The Delaware-lackawanna business car train breaks the blue ribbon as it pulls into the Von Storch Locomotive Shops.
David Monte Verde, president of Genesee Valley Transportation Co. Inc., center, speaks during Thursday’s grand opening of the Von Storch Locomotive Shops. From left, Lorie Ransom, superintendent; John Herbrand, secretary and general counsel; Monte Verde; Michael Thomas, VP business division, and Charlie Monte Verde, director of government affairs and planning.