Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad

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The Pittsburg (no "h"), Shawmut & Northern Railroad was described by locals as a railroad that "started nowhere and ended no place, with a lot of nothing in between," although it actually linked the coal mines of Elk County, Pennsylvania, with markets in Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Counties in central and western New York State. Always an underdog, the Class I line went into bankruptcy a mere five years after its corporate birth, holding the record for the longest receivership of any American railroad at 42 years. Always starved for cash, it limped along with outdated and tired equipment, yet it never failed to meet its payroll. It was scrapped completely in 1947.
ISBN: 9781467117265
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 221
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Ken Clark, who grew up along the old Shawmut tracks in Olean, New York, is a local historian and a lifelong devotee of the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern. He is an avid volunteer at the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society in Angelica, New York. He is also the society's webmaster and a regular contributor to the society's newsletter, the Cannonball. Clark has compiled the best photographs from the society's archive in this stunning look at the “Pretty Slow and Noisy.”
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