Re: BR&P

anthony wagner

I too have Pietrak's book and from what I read just recently it appears that there was a bidding war going on between several roads after WWI to make the BR&P part of a larger system. The B&O finally won, but I can imagine that while it was going on money was spent on only the most necessary items to avoid driving up the cost to whichever road finally acquired it.

--- On Wed, 9/24/08, Eric Hansmann <eric@...> wrote:
From: Eric Hansmann <eric@...>
Subject: [STMFC] Re: BR&P
To: STMFC@...
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 11:26 AM

--- Joel Norman wrote:

Gentleman:Was wondering if there is anyone in this group modeling or
has modeling data on the pre B&O BR&P Railroad?Im in the process of
building a new HO layout based on the BR&P(as if the B&O didnt take
over in 1931)line from Ashford Jct to Rochester(and the rail ferry
to Canada)..... ....based somewhat on the ideas of the V&O.

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I've been a BR&P fan since I discovered the Paul Pietrak history of

the railroad back in 1976. Photographic coverage of the line in the

decade before B&O control is very hard to uncover. From what I can

gather, very little new rolling stock or locos were acquired in this

timeframe. The Van Swearingen brothers owned it for a portion of this

time, but it seems there were no upgrades similar to what they did

with the NKP, Erie and C&O. Bob Witt recommended the YahooGroups as

one starting point. I'd recommend the Pietrak book as another.

The railroad was owned by the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company for

many years. The R&P company archives ended up at the Indiana

University of Pennsylvania library in the late 1980s. I do not know

how much has been cataloged, but it may be worth a check there. Of

course, these details would pre-date the B&O ownership by a number of


Eric Hansmann

Morgantown, W. Va.

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