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Ross Rowland, Jr.
 
« on: Aug 30th, 2008, 10:05pm »
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I just found out that he helped start the Black River and Western.

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Re: Ross Rowland, Jr.
 
« Reply #1 on: Aug 31st, 2008, 1:13am »
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Hello all,
 
Hello BRW_Fan
 
Not to rain on your parade, but Ross Rowland, Jr. is not on the list of names I have heard mentioned as significant contributors to the early development of the Black River and Western RR.
 
Names I have heard repeatedly include:
 
1. William Whitehead ( generally considered the original founder )
2. Nelson Tower
3. Sam Freeman ( largest single shareholder, owner of 4-6-2 No.# 148 )
4. John Bishop
5. Nicholas Burenga ( grandfather of Kean Burenga )
6. Porter Collins
7. Les "Rocky" Rockefellow
 
There are five or six other names I recall hearing alot, but alas, my memory tonight is simply not that good. Hopefully others will chime in here and help me out. I recall the list should be around 12-15 names long.
 
However, Ross Rowland is never one of the names I hear mentioned. Not to say he didn't participate in some form, but he is not what I would consider one of the major initial players.
 
Could you tell us just exactly what Ross did during the BR&W's formative years? I'm curious to hear what you were told.
 
Well, that's all for now folks!
 
See ya all later......


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Re: Ross Rowland, Jr.
 
« Reply #2 on: Sep 1st, 2008, 10:25pm »
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In 1964 he helped  William Whitehead acqire the flemington branch of the PA Railroad. He also enginered  60 back in the 60's before he went on to the bigger steam fan trips.

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Re: Ross Rowland, Jr.
 
« Reply #3 on: Jan 4th, 2010, 12:35pm »
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Very true

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Re: Ross Rowland, Jr.
 
« Reply #4 on: Jan 10th, 2010, 10:30am »
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Another well known name is Bill Withune. He was featured in a "Trains" magazine article a few months back regarding his retirement from the Smithsonian. His early years in  railroading were at the BR&W.

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