Re: Preserved cars in northwestern PA
Robert G P
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We made it to the Lake Shore museum at North East, Conneaut and by chance caught the B&LE double sheathed box sitting in Meadville when we got off for gas. To our luck the gentleman who volunteers had the gate unlocked and was tidying everything up so we got to get up close.
In North East we were treated to a small switching move with the 44 tonner. That was neat and drew a small crowd from the neighborhood. One lady said she had never caught them moving cars.
The B&LE hopper in Conneaut was intriguing, and whats amazing was that a fellow club member back in WV -at the same time we were up there- posted pictures of "fresh" cars for the club layout and a B&LE 3 bay was one of them!
That car in Bellevue has the clasp brake system (pads at each side of the wheels like passenger trucks) on the heavy trucks for high capacity ore service, and is the last of its kind. Im sure they were broke from the Ore service off and on; so will pretend ours was billed with a load of some sort of rock of industry for a point south, thus reasoning its presence as a single in a freight. Probably saw coal service too on the occasion.
Anybody have any other ideas for a single B&LE 3 bay intended for ore service ending up on the lower C&O?
Thanks again for the insight for our trip!
A few spots that come to mind: there's an ore jenny and a flat lettered for B&LE at the Greenville, PA railroad museum park (plus a couple of cabs and a unique URR 0-10-2). There also may still be a couple of detrucked 40' boxcars alongside the B&LE main in town.