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2018 Annual Meeting

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.


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

 
 
January 2018 Vol. 38, No. 1 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. Departed
March 2018 Vol. 38, No. 2 issue of the Cannonball mailed to members. Departed
Apr. 22, 2018 Annual Meeting.  2PM at the Fairgrounds in Angelica. Arriving Soon
May 5 & 6, 2018 Museum Open House in conjunction with the Allegany Chamber of Commerce event at the fairgrounds. On Schedule
June 2018 Vol. 38, No. 3 issue of the Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
July
16-21, 2018
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. 2018 Vol. 38, No. 4 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
Sep. 16, 2018 Shawmut Days in St Marys.  Visit the Bucksgahuda & Western in the afternoon. On Schedule
Nov. 2018 Vol. 38, No. 5 issue of The Cannonball mailed to members. On Schedule
Buy our new book. On sale now!!

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