Robert Gongleski to Present Railroad History Program at July 16 Open House
A program on railroad history will be presented on Sunday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum at 8 East High Street in Shortsville.
The free program, titled “Along the Line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from New York to Niagara Falls - A Postcard View of the Lehigh Valley Railroad,” will be presented by Robert Gongleski of Vestal, a member of the Susquehanna Valley Railway Historical Society since 1988.
The PowerPoint presentation will include vintage postcard views of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, sequenced in order from the eastern terminal of the railroad near the Hudson River and New York City, along the main line to Buffalo and including glimpses of towns and stations along the branch lines.
Gongleski, a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, attended Gettysburg College as a math major and finished his education in computer science at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. After graduation, he relocated to Broome County and has worked at IBM, Cadence Design Systems, and Silicon Aid Solutions. He is currently working at Envisage Information Systems.
He became interested in railroading and model trains as a youngster and recalls his first miniature operation under a Christmas tree at the home of his grandparents in 1951. He lived close to the West Pittston branch of the LVRR and witnessed the railroad operations in anthracite coal country.
Gongleski is planning to display his postcard collection as well as system maps of the LVRR from 1928 and 1955. He also collects and models the LVRR and is interested in the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad (the Laurel Line) that ran between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Other history-related interests include the Wilkes-Barre and Hazelton Railroad, Northeastern Pennsylvania coal mining history, and street railways of Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley.
Light refreshments will be available and donations will be accepted. The gift shop will be open.