Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroads (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroads (Images of Rail)

Erie's rail link to Philadelphia was achieved in 1864 with thecompletion of the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad, which laterbecame part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. By 1869, railroad linesfrom Buffalo through Erie to Chicago were consolidated into theLake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, which later became partof the New York Central Railroad. Completed in 500 days, theparallel New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, commonly knownas the "Nickel Plate Road," was a 513-mile, well-designed railroadthat emphasized excellent service. South of the lakeshore, thewide-gauge Erie Railroad enhanced east to west connections. Throughvintage photographs, Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroads brings tolife the history of the railroads that have served the region.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.