Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (Images of Rail)

Andrew Carnegie's vision of transporting iron ore from his boatson Lake Erie to his Pittsburgh steel mills was realized when heobtained ownership of a series of railroad companies in the region.In 1900, these companies became the Bessemer and Lake ErieRailroad, which connected the Lake Erie ports of Erie,Pennsylvania, and Conneaut, Ohio, south to North Bessemer nearPittsburgh. Through vintage photographs, Bessemer and Lake ErieRailroad highlights the railroad passenger excursions to ConneautLake Park and the steam and diesel locomotives used on thewell-maintained line. The railroad continues to serve the steelindustry today and in May 2004 was acquired by the CanadianNational Railway.Kenneth C. Springirth, author of Greater Erie Trolleys,Johnstown Trolleys and Incline, Pittsburgh Streamlined Trolleys,Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys, East Broad Top Railroad, andSoutheastern Pennsylvania Trolleys, has a vested interest in railhistory, as his father was a trolley car motorman in Philadelphiaand his grandfather was a motorman in Washington, D.C. Atransportation historian, he has been documenting and chroniclingthe history of the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad since 1965.