…continuing with our August 2018 road trip exploring parts of New England and the northeastern United States.
This was the nineteenth day of our trip. We drove from Litchfield Connecticut to Scranton Pennsylvania, using back roads until we reached I-84, about 10 – 12 miles north of its interchange with I-684.
When we came to New Milford Connecticut, I had to stop and take a photo of this attractive old railroad depot. This depot on Railroad Street was built in 1886 by the Housatonic Railroad Company. The depot was served by passenger trains until 1970. It’s now home of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce.
At the time that the railroad came to New Milford, the town was experiencing an economic boom. It was a center for regional tourism and as well as the principal location for the processing and packing of tobacco in the Housatonic River valley.
The first photo we took after crossing back into New York State was of this antique International tow truck/wrecker appropriately sitting proudly on its pedestal. It’s a classy advertisement for Patterson Auto Body in Patterson New York. Website: https://www.pattersonautobody.com/auto-body-shop/. Nice paint job!
I will admit that this big old depot was depressing to look at… The New York, Ontario and Western Railway Company (O and W) depot in Middletown New York was completed in 1893. This 3-story Richardson Romanesque style building was constructed using pressed brick and sandstone. It is about 237 feet long. The station was closed in 1957.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. It had been sold to a health center that wanted to redevelop it for its use. Financial problems prevented the project and it’s been returned to the city. Take a good look as it’s likely that this old depot will be razed in the not too distant future. A photo from 2013 showed that the structure had seriously deteriorated in the 5 years before we took these photos…
To learn more about the New York, Ontario and Western Railway Company, the first notable U.S. railroad to completely abandon it’s mainline, go to
We just liked the classic look of this building in Middletown New York. It’s been well maintained and whatever it was, the only information I could find on the Internet is that it is permanently closed. It may have served as a hotel or an apartment building. I didn’t have an address and I couldn’t find anything about its history.
This is the former Erie Railroad Depot near the center of Middletown New York. Located on the railroad’s mainline, this station, which was built in 1896, replaced an earlier depot that was built in 1843. This Romanesque revival structure was served by trains running between Jersey City New Jersey and Chicago Illinois.
This station served as a passenger railroad station until 1983 when rail service was taken over by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Railroad using a different rail line. As you can see, this depot was renovated and restored. As of 1995, it reopened as the Thrall Library.
The sign on the side of this building adjacent the old Erie Railroad Depot states that it’s a used book store. I’d guess that at one point it handled freight for the railroad.
We finally arrived in Scranton Pennsylvania. This is the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station. This neoclassical French Renaissance structure was built in 1908 as both a passenger train station and office building. The last train left the station on January 6, 1970. The building was shuttered and left to decay. The marbled lobby was used for storage. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
The good news is that the building was purchased by a local community action corporation as part of a project to revive Scranton’s slumping economy. Subsequently it was renovated, refurbished and reopened as a hotel in 1983.
Note: The other part of this plan to revive Scranton’s economy is the subject of my next post.
The building still retains its original clocks, doors, fountains, stairs, ceilings, walls and overall ambience. Today, this old depot is now the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. To check out the hotel, make reservations or just to see photos of the interior, go to the website at https://www.radisson.com/scranton-hotel-pa-18503/pascrant.
When it was time for dinner, a bit of research left me conflicted regarding our destination for the evening. Eventually I got around to asking the helpful desk clerk at our Hampton Inn for some suggestions. Nonno’s Pizza and Family Restaurant sounded like our best option.
The first photo shows the bar area at Nonno’s… They were doing a decent early evening business. The inside dining area was pretty quiet although business did pick up half way through our dinner. This is a big and very spacious restaurant…
It was a bit hazy but outside dining drew more early diners than the inside option did. Part of the charm of Nonno’s outdoor option is that it’s covered with vines so it’s shaded, and it has a great view of the valley below.
FYI, the stadium that is so prominent in the second photo is PNC Field, Home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a NY Yankee’s affiliate, one of the ‘Triple A’ baseball teams in the Northern Division of the International League. I love some of the names of minor league baseball teams. RailRiders is an eye-catching name, but in this division of the International League, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs has to take the prize!
After ordering a couple of adult beverages, we decided that we’d order Nonno’s Garlic Bread with Cheese as our ‘appetizer’. ($3.95) As you can see, it was a huge portion…and it was nice and garlicy too! FYI, it was ‘Miller Monday’ so my Miller Lite was only $1.50…
Our entrees both came with soup or salad. We both opted for a nice dinner salad as shown...
For her side, Laurie chose the sautéed spinach. It was good but given the fact that her entrée came with more spinach, it was a bit of overkill.
Laurie ordered the Veal Saltimbocca. ($19.99) As described, ‘top round veal medallions layered with prosciutto, spinach and mozzarella cheese, finished with a Marsala wine sauce’.
It was good but it was way too much food, especially given the big order of garlic cheese bread! Also, she is used to much thinner slices of veal and as you can see, this was a very robust and hearty version of this traditional entrée. ‘Sad to say’, I ‘had’ to help her with a bit of that veal!
For my entrée, I chose the Chicken Piccata. ($16.99) Described as chicken breast sautéed with lemon, garlic, capers and white wine then tossed with carrots, broccoli and penne pasta.
My dinner was nice but just a bit bland for my taste. More garlic would have been an improvement for me, but probably not most diners. I popped it up with lots of parmesan and some Tabasco and I was a happy camper.
Despite all of the food we’d eaten, we still had a hankering for something sweet. So we shared this slice of Caramel Crunch Cake. ($6.50) It came with a lot of caramel drizzle and a bunch of whipped cream. It was very good.
We enjoyed our meal at Nonno’s Pizza and Family Restaurant. The menu is quite large and includes everything from hoagies to wraps to burgers plus pizza and a nice variety of Italian entrees. This restaurant is located at 6 Radcliffe Drive in Moosic Pennsylvania. (Moosic is a suburb of Scranton) Phone: 570-961-2250. Website: https://nonnosmontage.com/index.htm.
That’s all for now. My next post will reveal a special attraction and the real reason we headed home via Scranton.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave