Tobyhanna station

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Milwaukee Road 261 at Tobyhanna in 1996
General information
LocationChurch Street (PA 423) at Godwin Street, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°10′46″N75°25′06″W / 41.1795°N 75.4182°W / 41.1795; -75.4182
Owned by Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority [1]
Line(s) Pocono Mainline
Parking102 spaces (proposed) [1]
Other information
Station code108 (D&LW) [2]
Opened1908 [3]
Closed1965 [4]
Rebuilt1994 [3]
2005 [5]
Former and proposed services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
toward Buffalo
Main Line Mount Pocono
toward Hoboken
toward Buffalo
Pocono Summit
toward Hoboken
Proposed services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Lackawanna Cut-Off Pocono Mountain

Tobyhanna station is a proposed NJ Transit commuter rail station that is located in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The station forms part of a site owned by a number of public and private entities including the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority.


Its site is adjacent to the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (and later, Erie Lackawanna) station. The building remains in place and is in use as the local historical society rail museum.

In spring 2021, Amtrak announced plans to establish a New York-Scranton route. [6] [7]


The station building in 2023 Tobyhanna station building, March 2023.jpg
The station building in 2023

Until 1947, Tobyhanna was a flagstop that was eastbound on Sundays for the Lackawanna Limited, the predecessor to the Phoebe Snow. [8] [9]

Through the end of the 1950s, a few trains made station stops in Tobyhanna. In 1959, these trains were the westbound Scrantonian, which traveled to Scranton, the Twilight, a late afternoon train bound for Buffalo, and an unnamed train that also traveled to Scranton. Eastbound, service that year consisted of the Pocono Express from Buffalo, the Merchants Express from Scranton and an unnamed evening train from Scranton. [10]

Service in the last years was limited to the Twilight and the Poconos Express with the trains terminating or originating at Scranton. [11] Passenger service ended with the discontinuation of these trains in the fall of 1965. [12] [13]

Restoration of passenger service has been proposed for the Lackawanna Cut-Off, offering trains to northern New Jersey and New York City. A 102-space surface parking lot has also been proposed at this location to be situated on the vacant side and rear portions of this site. The proposed platform would be to the south of the track, north of Church Street. [1] [6] [7]

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  9. Absent from Erie Lackawanna's timetable June 22, 1947, Table 6
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  12. Present on Erie Lackawanna timetable, October 24, 1965, Table 1
  13. Absent from Erie Lackawanna timetable, December 13, 1965, Table 1

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