I grew up in Auburn, New York. Auburn in the 1950s and '60s still had a fair amount of traffic on the Auburn Branch of the New York Central, from Syracuse through to Cayuga, Geneva, and on to Rochester. Derailments on the mainline meant passenger trains and long freights came crawling through town to my delight. The station pictured above was open when my parents bought tickets for Philadelphia in 1956 and the yard still had kerosene switchmarkers lit at night-a great sight! A yard engine worked five days a week and was usually ALCO S1 852 or 855.
The Lehigh Valley actually had a lot going for it. Usually an SW1 and a couple of Baldwin S12s were stationed at the roundhouse while the local from Sayre used RS3s or Fs and kerosene markers on the caboose. I barely remember the station being torn down-a real shame.
The view above is looking north toward the station and the crossing with the NYC Auburn Branch. Note the tower in the distance. This view is from the Cayuga County Historical Society and was taken in 1905. Below is a view from across the main track and is an interesting perspective not often seen.
Lehigh Valley gas electric #25 is taking fuel behind the depot. It is on the track that acts as interchange with the NYC and the roundhouse is inside the curve to the left of the picture. Only the roundhouse survives today.
Lehigh Valley Baldwin switcher 231 switches in the Auburn yard in August, 1969.