The Erie Lackawanna Railway (reporting mark EL), known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad until 1968, was formed from the 1960 merger of the Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. The official motto of the line was “The Friendly Service Route”. The merger of the Erie Railroad and Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) was approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) on September 13, 1960, officially becoming the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad on October 17. A minor renaming occurred in late 1963, when the hyphen was dropped, becoming the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL). The newly formed railroad would be controlled, at least initially, by former Erie directors. Both of EL’s parents entered the merger after a couple of years of deficit operations, and EL continued their record, except for 1965 and 1966.