My Family - Working for the Railroad

In the first half of the 20th century several members of my family worked for various railroad companys in North Eastern. These railroads included the Pennsylvania Railroad, Lackawanna Railroad, and the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad. This gallery contains photos, passed down through the years to me, of these men and is dedicated to their memory.

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Left: Irv Ace, Middel 2: Unkown Right: Stewart Ace
Irv and Stewart Ace are my great, great uncles
Scranton, PA


Left: Floyd Ace, Right: Unknown
Lackawanna Railroad #611C EMD F7 A Unit
#611C was built in 1949 and was part of the only three unit F7 ABA set purchased by the Lackawanna Railroad. The 3 unit set also included #611A and #611B. When the Erie and Lackawanna Merger happened it was renumbered to EL #6114. In 1974 #611C (EL #6114) was sold for scrap. Floyd Ace was my great, great uncle
(Collection of Andrew & Nicole Hoke)


Middle: Frank Hoke
My Great Grandfather
Harrisburg, PA
Pensylvannia Railroad


From info on back of photo, the legs behind the locomotive belong to Irv Ace.
Lackawanna #952 Alco 4-4-0


Samuel K. and Lillie Leida
at the Delaware Water Gap
train station waiting to
leave on their honeymoon.
June 1920


Trolley in West Fairview, PA
My Grandparents lived in West Fairview their entire life, raising my dad, his 2 brothers and sister there. This photo is from the 1930ís or 1940ís.




1933 ERIE Railroad Company Pass for MRs. S.K. Leida (my great grandmother), daughter Jean (my grandmother) and son Charles (great uncle)






Samuel K. Leida ~ June 3, 1893 - February 8, 1977

Samuel was my Great Grandfather. He was born in New Jersey in 1893 and eventually ended up living in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Over his career for the railroad he held many positions at the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad (NYS&W RR), more comonly known as "The Susquehanna". Below are some old photos of him and railroad artifacts from his days on the railroad.

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Samuel K. Leida
My Great Grandfather
(Collection of Andrew & Nicole Hoke)


Samuel K. Leida
My Great Grandfather
(Collection of Andrew & Nicole Hoke)

The two photos to the left were taken in Beaver Lake, NJ in 1948. The photo of the yard was taken from the bridge on State Highway Rt 23. Samuel is standing in the forground between the tracks. From info on back of photos the locomotives pictured are New York, Susquehanna and Western RS-1's #252 & #246


This photo of Samuel was taken in Edgewater, NJ at the NYS&W Yard.


NYS&W Button from Samuel's Conductor Uniform.


Samuel's Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union Membership Pin for 25 years of membership.


Samuel's Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union Membership Pin for 30 years of membership.


Samuel's Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union Membership Pin for 35 years of membership.


Samuel's Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union Membership Pin for 40 years of membership.


Samuel's Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union Membership Pin for 45 years of membership.


An Illinois Watch Co. Model 9A Lincoln from 1917, 21 Jewel, 5 Position Pocket Watch that belonged to Samuel.


Another old key that Samuel would carry on his key ring. It might be for a switch lock.


NYS&W Bag Agent Hat Badge.


NYS&W Trainman Hat Badge. Samuel would change them according to the job he was doing when he worked the passenger trains.


Samuel used this small key to unlock the coach seats so you could turn them.


Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union pin. These were given out each month when you paid your union dues.


Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union pin. These were given out each month when you paid your union dues.


Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Union pin. These were given out each month when you paid your union dues.


What's inside this old leather binder?


Samual's Timetable No 31, April 27, 1958 NYS&W Employee Timetable.


Samuel would carry this with him while on the job. It even has his name (S K Leida) stamped on the inside back.


Susquehanna Veterains Assoociation Pin.


Note written, sometime in the 1950's by Samuel, to his son Charles (who was my great uncle) describing what some of the railroad items were that he passed down to him.


Samuel made this aluminum token at the 1939 World Fair.



All photographs, art and maps are the property of Andrew Hoke/Berwick Railfan (2009-2012) and can not be used in any way without permission. If you would like to use any of the photographs on the Berwick Railfan Photo Gallery website, or have comments and questions please EMAIL me. Please give a photo credit and a link to the Berwick Railfan Photo Gallery for any photos used either on the internet or in print.