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Museum Video on Facebook Live

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.

Shawmut Bridge East of
Friendship Still in Use

In 1902, when a very young Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern was reconstructing the former Allegany Central narrow-gauge line between Bolivar and Angelica into standard-gauge, it faced a challenge of crossing the main line of the Erie Railroad in Friendship.  The Erie’s “River Line” cut-off wouldn’t open for eight more years, so what would become the “Old Main Line” at the time was very busy.

The prospects for the young Shawmut were equally bright.  The old Allegany Central had crossed the Erie on a 1,600-foot wooden trestle, which would be an impractical crossing for two growing trunk lines.

The Shawmut’s Bridge No. 44.5 was constructed just west of Friendship.  This bridge 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.

Above—Just east of the village of Friendship, the Shawmut dipped underneath the “Old Main Line” of the Erie Railroad.  Some details to notice include the Shawmut wayside telegraph/telephone lines in the distance.  Notice the two cross arms hung vertically on the left abutment to guide the wires through the bridge.  This area is prone to quicksand.  Notice that three buttresses (at left) were installed at some point to shore up the south wing of the west abutment.  (PS&NRRHS archives).

Above—John Muchler trekked along the grade of today’s Western New York & Pennsylvania on November 28, 2017 to find the very same bridge, still in place, 70 years after the Shawmut tracks were removed.  This view is taken from the north side of the bridge, looking west.  This view clearly shows how the Erie required the Shawmut to build abutments that were capable of supporting a second track, even though one was never installed.  The underpass was dug lower than all of the surrounding terrain.  The Shawmut installed a drain that carried rain water to a nearby stream.  Seventy years of neglect has clogged the drain, resulting in a small pond.  (John Muchler photo).

Our society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as a Museum and Educational Society.

Recent News Items

Nov. 2018 Vol. 38, No. 5 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. Departed
January 2019 Vol. 39, No. 1 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. Arriving Soon
March 2019 Vol. 39, No. 2 issue of the Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
May 4 & 5, 2019 Museum Open House in conjunction with the Spring and Summer Recreation Show at the fairgrounds. On Schedule
May 5, 2019 Annual Meeting.  3PM at the Fairgrounds in Angelica.

NOTE: New Day and Time
On Schedule
June 2019 Vol. 39, No. 3 issue of the Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
15-20, 2019
Fair Week.  All equip- ment and the museum will be open to the public daily, 12 Noon-8PM duing the Allegany County Fair, Angelica, NY On Schedule
Sept. 2019 Vol. 39, No. 4 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
Sep. 15, 2019 Shawmut Days in St Marys.  Visit the Bucksgahuda & Western in the afternoon. On Schedule
Nov. 2019 Vol. 39, No. 5 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
Buy our new book. On sale now!!


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