Parkland Press

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Letter to The Editor

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

Writer explains steam train insignia

To the Editor:

Some people who were shown the new Laury's Station Fire Company uniform shoulder patch asked why a steam locomotive was displayed in the middle.

Well, it's quite obvious to an 83-year-old, old-timer like me.

That steam engine harks back to the rich Lehigh Valley Railroad history that gave the village its name.

The little brick station was busy ushering people onto the local trains to go to work or welcoming guests to the large hotel next door for a good meal and a few drinks or maybe a day or two of rest.

A visit to the Laury's Island amusement park could also be on their itinerary. The railroad ran excursions to the park on holidays or for special events.

The railroad, whose main line through Laury's Station was four-tracks wide, also used ice harvested from the Lehigh River here to replenish the ice in the insulated cars going to New York City.

The ice was cut in the winter and stored in a large wooden ice house for summer use.

The ice house stood along the track closest to the river. The stone and concrete foundations of these facilities are still visable.

There is now a trail where the tracks were.

Rayburn R. Krause

Laury's Station