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The Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton interurban railroad had an incredible profile through the rugged mountains in North East Pennsylvania's coal country. Here it made history by pioneering the protected third-rail. The line was established in 1903, and for a time, was the primary means of transportation between Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre. 

A significant part on the line went through the Mountain Top area, and due to its convenience, many of the wealthier people of both Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre built summer homes in the area and used the line for convenient access. Like other interurban lines however, it fell to the onslaught of the automobile and was abandoned in 1933.

Today much of the rail bed is still in existence through the Mountain Top area along with several of the structures built to support the line.

An excellent history of the line has been compiled and is available for your online viewing pleasure. Just click on the link to download it in a readable PDF file format.


An interurban car on its way through Pine View.
The station at Nuangola in 1912.
Albert Station looking west in 1907.
Albert Station
A map of the WB&H route between Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre.
The tunnel on the WB&H line as it exists today.
The tunnel during operation in the early 19000s.
A typical car used on the WB&H Railroad.