Re: Preserved cars in northwestern PA

Robert G P

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! 

On Sun, Jul 31, 2022 at 11:00 PM jace6315 via <> wrote:
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.

There's a restored PC, ex NYC, box in Shippensburg now supporting the local rail trail.

I haven't been there for a few years but Weirton, WV was always worth the visit if you like old, beat up steel mill gons some of which can be seen on the Main Street bridge over the mill trackage. Some 20 years ago or so I came across a PS-0 box in Steubenville on the Ohio side of the river but I suspect that's long gone.


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On Jul 31, 2022, 8:30 PM, Steve SANDIFER < steve.sandifer@...> wrote:

That’s Harlansburg. 2 Hwt PRR Pullmans and 2 Lwt PRR coaches based on what I see on Google Earth.



J. Stephen Sandifer


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Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2022 8:14 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Preserved cars in northwestern PA


Harlinburg Pa has a small collection of PRR passenger cars, it used to also be a museum as well. It is at Pa RT19& PA RT108. PA RT108 exits right off I 79

On Saturday, July 30, 2022, Robert G P <bobgp5109@...> wrote:
> Thank you guys a lot! Very handy information!
> -Bob
> On Sat, Jul 30, 2022 at 3:46 PM Schleigh Mike via <> wrote:
>> Hi Bob!
>> Titusville (Oil Creek & Titusville) has a three-compartment Standard Tank Car Shell Tanker we have mentioned in the past.  Lake Shore Railway at North East (just east of Erie on US 20) has an AC&F built X-3 as well as a number of freight and passenger cars.  Not to mention quite a collection of GE locos and a nifty fireless Heisler.  Lots of freight trains on the old NYC and NKP main lines right at the station museum.
>> Regards from Grove City (right along your route) in Penna----Mike Schleigh
>> On Saturday, July 30, 2022, 11:44:45 AM EDT, Robert G P <bobgp5109@...> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I will be in Pittsburgh and Northwestern PA and the most eastern point of OH this weekend and am curious if there are any accessible preserved/stored/derelict transition era cars of any type known to be in the region along (and not far from) the I-79 corridor north of Pittsburgh? Or in the vicinity of Pittsburgh? Even as far East as Erie?
>> Will also be watching trains in Pitts as well. 
>> Thanks a lot! 
>> -Bob

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