Pittsburg Shawmut and Northern Railroad Historical Society

Pittsburg Shawmut and Northern Railroad Historical Society The PS&NRRHS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt historical society chartered by the New York State Department of Education through its Board of Regents.

Terry Mott shared with us a photo of Jim McHenry at St Marys checking out an original PS&N sign.  Jim was the founder an...
05/25/2019

Terry Mott shared with us a photo of Jim McHenry at St Marys checking out an original PS&N sign. Jim was the founder and first president of the PS&NRRHS.

This sign was located on the still-active PRR/PC/CR trackage that was purchased from the Shawmut by the PRR in 1947. The location is Brusselles Street looking north.

Jim McHenry at St Marys checking out the PS&N sign.

PS&NRRHS member Perry Squier of New Jersey has a full-basement recreation of the PS&N in HO Scale.Perry recently shared ...
03/01/2019

PS&NRRHS member Perry Squier of New Jersey has a full-basement recreation of the PS&N in HO Scale.

Perry recently shared with us a series of photos of different scenes from his layout that we will be sharing over the next several issues of the Cannonball.

In the March 2019 issue, we see the Empire Sash & Door Company of Friendship, NY. (Perry Squier photos).

The March 2019 issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.Thi...
03/01/2019

The March 2019 issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.

This issue of the Cannonball was inspired by our friend Tom Huntoon who had posted drone photos on Facebook showing the grade of the Kasson Loop in 2018. We contacted Tom for permission to use his photos. The result is a center-spread that documents the construction of the loop in 1903 and a look at how it has survived the following 115 years.

To read the full story on the loop, join the PS&NRRHS. For $20 a year, you’ll receive five issues of the Cannonball. Join now and you’ll receive the March issue plus a full year’s membership.

http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

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The Cannonball is issued five times a year (Jan., Mar., June, Sep., Nov.) and is 16 pages in length. As you can see in the attached photo, the Cannonball typically includes several photos taken from the PS&NRRHS archives. We typically include information about on-going work at our museum in Angelica, plus articles detailing the equipment, operations and people of the PS&N.

Membership in the PS&NRRHS is $20/year which includes delivery of the Cannonball to your door. That’s basically an 80 page (at least) book each year for $20.

Anyone interested in joining the society should visit our website at http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

You can also follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/psnrrhs/

Ken Clark
President, PS&NRRHS

01/04/2019

I just received the January 2019 Cannonball in the mail in Arcade, NY. Great picture of the track gang in Ceres!!

I just received the September issue of The Cannonball in the mail. Thanks for using one of my pictures!
09/08/2018

I just received the September issue of The Cannonball in the mail. Thanks for using one of my pictures!

ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is holding its annual open house as part of thi...
07/17/2018

ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is holding its annual open house as part of this week’s Allegany County Fair. We are open every day this week from 12 Noon-8PM. Admission to our museum is free. General admission to the fair ($6) is required.

Here are some scenes from Monday, opening day.

The fabrication and installation of our new cowcatcher on Engine No.88 has been completed.The PS&NRRHS would like to tha...
07/14/2018

The fabrication and installation of our new cowcatcher on Engine No.88 has been completed.

The PS&NRRHS would like to thank Andrew (Andy) Jefferds of Integrity Metal Fabrication & Repair, Hallsport Road, in Wellsville for the splendid job he and his team did.

Installation was completed on Friday (July 13th). Society members then completed painting.

Come down to our open house and see our new cowcatcher. We are open Monday July 16th through Saturday July 21st from Noon to 8PM every day.

ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is looking for someone to fabricate a cowcatche...
06/08/2018
Pittsburg Shawmut and Northern Railroad Historical Society

ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is looking for someone to fabricate a cowcatcher to replace the one on our Engine No. 88 at our museum in Angelica, NY. It is currently constructed of wood and is severely deteriorated.

The society is hoping to find a craftsman in Allegany County to do this work, although anyone willing and able within the area would be welcome.

The preset cowcatcher is 80 inches wide in front of the engine and extends to 42 inches. At 42 inches, it extends too far in front of the locomotive and interferes with the use of the gate during fair time. The replacement length should be reduced to about two feet.

The society would prefer a replacement made of either plastic or light metal. This will eliminate future concerns about rotting wood. The present color of red is not correct; we have the correct paint on-hand to match the locomotive.

Please contact the society’s museum curator, John M. Muchler either online or by phone. John’s contact information is on the society’s main website: http://www.psnrrhs.org/contacts.html

We are not asking for donations as we have sufficient funds for this project, although donations are always appreciated. We are specifically looking for someone who has the skills necessary to fabricate a replacement. Ideally, we would like the project completed in time for the Allegany County Fair which begins on July 16th.Current cowcatcher on PS&NRRHS Museum Engine No. 88.

Current cowcatcher on PS&NRRHS Museum Engine No. 88.
06/08/2018

Current cowcatcher on PS&NRRHS Museum Engine No. 88.

05/06/2018
Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism

The PS&NRRHS had a museum open house this past weekend in conjunction with the Greater Allegany (County) Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism who were holding their Spring and Summer Recreation Show at the fairgrounds.

We were honored to have a tour of our museum streamed on Facebook Live.

Come take a tour on the Shawmut line at the Spring & Summer Recreation Show. Allegany County Fair grounds in Angelica NY #iloveny #dicoveralleganycountyny #greateralleganychamber

ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society will be holding its annual meeting on Sunday, A...
04/09/2018

ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society will be holding its annual meeting on Sunday, April 22, at 2PM. The meeting will be held in the main office building of the Allegany County Fairgrounds, 15 North Street, in the village of Angelica, NY. The business office building is located outside of the main gate, immediately on the left. We will also have the museum and equipment open for the inspection.

The Annual Meeting is the business meeting for the society. We will have official reports given from our secretary, treasurer, webmaster, curator and chief engineer. All officer positions are up for re-election plus one of our rotating director positions is up for election. We will also have an open discussion regarding the museum, ideas for displays and the need for general upkeep of the building and equipment.

The PS&N RR Historical Society has a HO scale layout in our Coach No. 278 at our Museum in Angelica, NY.We are looking f...
03/31/2018

The PS&N RR Historical Society has a HO scale layout in our Coach No. 278 at our Museum in Angelica, NY.

We are looking for someone in the area that is skilled in track laying to make some modifications and repairs to the layout. We are hoping to remove some of the curves and make some of the hills a little less steep.

The society has all of the material needed for the job. If anyone in the area is interested, please contact our museum curator, John M Muchler, using the contact information on our contact page. http://www.psnrrhs.org/contacts.html

The layout was originally built by Bob Sanders, Ed Faust, and Michael Jefferds. It is, BY DESIGN, meant to be kid friendly. It has been purposely built at a height 2½ feet and is faced with large plexiglass windows. This permits the little guys (and gals) to see the trains run just inches from their eyes and to run freely back and forth along the length of the 16’ layout “chasing” the trains. There is never a need for any parent to lift their child up to viewing height, nor is there ever a need for such words as, “Don’t touch!”

The March issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.This iss...
03/12/2018

The March issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.

This issue of the Cannonball focuses on the Shawmut's crossing under the Erie RR's "Old Main Line" east of Friendship, New York. Designated Bridge No. 44.5 by the Shawmut, it is still in place and being used today by the Western New York & Pennsylvania. The story in the March issue of the Cannonball details the trials and tribulations encountered when the Shawmut was abandoned in 1947. Who owned the bridge? Who was responsible for it? Did the PS&N Trustees need to tear it down with money it did have?

To read the full story on this bridge, join the PS&NRRHS. For $20 a year, you’ll receive five issues of the Cannonball. Join now and you’ll receive the March issue plus a year’s membership.

http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

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The Cannonball is issued five times a year (Jan., Mar., June, Sep., Nov.) and is 16 pages in length. As you can see in the attached photo, the Cannonball typically includes several photos taken from the PS&NRRHS archives. We typically include information about on-going work at our museum in Angelica, plus articles detailing the equipment, operations and people of the PS&N.

Membership in the PS&NRRHS is $20/year which includes delivery of the Cannonball to your door. That’s basically an 80 page (at least) book each year for $20.

Anyone interested in joining the society should visit our website at http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

You can also follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/psnrrhs/

Ken Clark
President, PS&NRRHS

There are very few stations of the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern still standing.  Our friends at the Pioneer Oil Museum ...
12/29/2017

There are very few stations of the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern still standing. Our friends at the Pioneer Oil Museum in Bolivar were fortunate to have the former PS&N depot on Boss Street in the Village of Bolivar donated to them about a year ago.

They have begun work on stabilizing the structure. A concrete footer has been installed to shore up a badly sagging wall and a small repair has been made to the roof.

We at the PS&NRRHS look forward to providing technical assistance in the restoration effort.

Pittsburg Shawmut and Northern Railroad Historical Society
12/19/2017

Pittsburg Shawmut and Northern Railroad Historical Society

The January issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.

This issue of the Cannonball focuses on the Clarion River Railway, the often neglected (and sometime forgotten) step-child of the Shawmut Line. The CRR ended up as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the PS&N, much like the Kersey Railroad. The CRR was a mere 10 miles from the PS&N, and before the receivership, there was talk of linking the two.

An excerpt and two of the photos from John M. Muchler's article are as follows:

To serve the needs of the Portland Lumber Company as well as Hall, Gardner & Company, the businessmen James K. Gardner, William H. Hyde, James K. P. Hall and Andrew Kaul incorporated the Clarion River Railway on Dec. 17, 1889. Also located between these two businesses was the Arroyo Tannery. In addition, another tannery was planned for at Portland Mills. This 12-mile railroad was built during 1890 from the mouth of Laurel Run at Croyland, Pa. on the Ridgway & Clearfield line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It then crossed Toby Creek on a long bridge and connected with the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway at Carman. It then followed the Clarion River to Hallton.

It was not classified as a logging railroad even though most of its business was derived from the lumber business. It carried bark and finished lumber as well as logs of the Portland Lumber Company and the Elk Tanning Company. In later years, the output of the chemical company and hauling school children provided its livelihood.

The railroad originally owned two locomotives, but the details about No. 1 are unknown to historians. CRR No. 2 was a 2-4-4T built by Baldwin. There was also one passenger car, a baggage car and several flat cars.

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Over the past two years, John Muchler, the editor, and Ken Clark, society president, have been working hard to enhance the Cannonball from a “newsletter” into a “magazine.”

The Cannonball is issued five time a year and is 16 pages in length. As you can see in the attached photo, the Cannonball typically includes several photos taken from the PS&NRRHS archives. We typically include information about on-going work at our museum in Angelica, plus articles detailing the equipment, operations and people of the PS&N.

Membership in the PS&NRRHS is $20/year which includes delivery of the Cannonball to your door. That’s basically an 80 page (at least) book each year for $20.

Anyone interested in joining the society should visit our website at http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

You can also follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/psnrrhs/

Ken Clark
President, PS&NRRHS

The January issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.This i...
12/19/2017

The January issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.

This issue of the Cannonball focuses on the Clarion River Railway, the often neglected (and sometime forgotten) step-child of the Shawmut Line. The CRR ended up as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the PS&N, much like the Kersey Railroad. The CRR was a mere 10 miles from the PS&N, and before the receivership, there was talk of linking the two.

An excerpt and two of the photos from John M. Muchler's article are as follows:

To serve the needs of the Portland Lumber Company as well as Hall, Gardner & Company, the businessmen James K. Gardner, William H. Hyde, James K. P. Hall and Andrew Kaul incorporated the Clarion River Railway on Dec. 17, 1889. Also located between these two businesses was the Arroyo Tannery. In addition, another tannery was planned for at Portland Mills. This 12-mile railroad was built during 1890 from the mouth of Laurel Run at Croyland, Pa. on the Ridgway & Clearfield line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It then crossed Toby Creek on a long bridge and connected with the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway at Carman. It then followed the Clarion River to Hallton.

It was not classified as a logging railroad even though most of its business was derived from the lumber business. It carried bark and finished lumber as well as logs of the Portland Lumber Company and the Elk Tanning Company. In later years, the output of the chemical company and hauling school children provided its livelihood.

The railroad originally owned two locomotives, but the details about No. 1 are unknown to historians. CRR No. 2 was a 2-4-4T built by Baldwin. There was also one passenger car, a baggage car and several flat cars.

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Over the past two years, John Muchler, the editor, and Ken Clark, society president, have been working hard to enhance the Cannonball from a “newsletter” into a “magazine.”

The Cannonball is issued five time a year and is 16 pages in length. As you can see in the attached photo, the Cannonball typically includes several photos taken from the PS&NRRHS archives. We typically include information about on-going work at our museum in Angelica, plus articles detailing the equipment, operations and people of the PS&N.

Membership in the PS&NRRHS is $20/year which includes delivery of the Cannonball to your door. That’s basically an 80 page (at least) book each year for $20.

Anyone interested in joining the society should visit our website at http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

You can also follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/psnrrhs/

Ken Clark
President, PS&NRRHS

Shawmut Line logo stenciled onto the tender of Engine No. 88 at the museum.
12/19/2017

Shawmut Line logo stenciled onto the tender of Engine No. 88 at the museum.

The September issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.Over...
09/11/2017

The September issue of the Cannonball from the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society is now out.

Over the past two years, John Muchler, the editor, and Ken Clark, society president, have been working hard to enhance the Cannonball from a “newsletter” to a “magazine.”

The Cannonball is issued five time a year and is 16 pages in length. As you can see in the attached photo, the Cannonball typically includes several photos taken from the PS&NRRHS archives. We typically include information about on-going work at our museum in Angelica, plus articles detailing the equipment, operations and people of the PS&N.

The September issue includes columns from the president and editor, plus a report on our Annual Fair Week that was held in July. In addition, there is an article on the dedication of the historic marker historic marker for our caboose No. 175. Historical information includes an article on the largest volume shippers in 1930, the purchase of two Moguls in 1913 and a request from the B&S to rent two locomotives.

Membership in the PS&NRRHS is $20/year which includes delivery of the Cannonball to your door. That’s basically an 80 page (at least) book each year for $20.

Anyone interested in joining the society should visit our website at http://www.psnrrhs.org/join.html

You can also follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/psnrrhs/

Ken Clark
President, PS&NRRHS

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15 North Street, P.O. Box 222
Angelica, NY
14709

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