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Lehigh Valley Railroad (U.S.)

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[Lehigh Valley Railroad flag] image by Miles Li, 10 January 2016

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"Corporate Flag. Railroad logos were (and continue to be) an important symbol of both corporate identity and public relations. Shown at right is a cloth flag featuring the logo of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. It was hung as a tapestry in the railroad's corporate offices in Bethlehem, PA. The Lehigh Valley was absorbed into Conrail in 1976. Photo by Greg Deibler."

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Red swallowtail, thinly edged in black, bearing a black diamond with white serifed initials 'L.V.'.

Comments on the logo (red flag), URL followed by quote
"Whenever you see the representation of a small red flag, something like a U. S. Commodore's pennant, with a black centre made in the shape of a lozenge bearing the letters "L. V.," the whole surrounded with a wreath, that is the emblem of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. On the flag the black diamond is a conspicuous figure, and on the road itself the "Black Diamond Express" is the most important train. The railway was in former days often thought of only as a coal road, and from this probably came the idea of the black diamond, but although the well known emblem has been retained, the road has long ago become one of the best passenger highways in the land."

("This page originally appeared on Thomas Ehrenreich's Railroad Extra Website.")
Jan Mertens, 18 October 2008

Sometimes a tapering swallowtail is shown (as above) whereas here the flags seem to be rectangular (coloured picture of the LV Terminal at Buffalo, building finished in 1916):
Jan Mertens, 23 October 2008

"Lehigh Valley Railroad (reporting mark LV) was one of several Class I railroads located in Northeastern United States built for the purpose of transporting anthracite coal.[1] It was sometimes known as the Route of the Black Diamond, named after the anthracite it transported. It operated from 1846 until 1976"

The flag is a red horizontal flag with the initials L.V." in white capitals inside a black diamond.
The flag is seen here: (source:
Esteban Rivera, 4 January 2015S