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RARITAN_CLOCKER
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« on: Sep 8th, 2005, 12:36am »
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       Has anyone ever heard of this railroad or have any info on it? Some years ago, a co-worker of mine gave me a small plastic packet of these cardboard tickets, one of which is stamped OCT 12, 1931. Thanks for any info. at all you might have.

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Ray Reter
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 8th, 2005, 3:46pm »
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The C&PA is mentioned briefly in Ed Lewis' book "Wellsville, Addison and Galeton Railroad: Sole Leather Line." The C&PA interchanged with the WAG at a place called Newfield Junction. Both lines were part of the Salzberg organization. The C&PA closed down around 1971.  
 
A side note: the C&PA GE 44 ton diesel, #D-1 was sold to the Stewartstown Railroad in June 1972, just before the remnants of Hurricane Agnes devastated the central Pennsylvania area. The C&PA D-1 became STRT #10. The locomotive, however, didn't arrive on the Stewartstown property until January 1985, when the storm-damaged Northern Central Railway (the STRT's only connection to the national rail network) between New Freedom, PA and York, PA was reopened. The locomotive remains in Stewartstown today. -- Ray


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RARITAN_CLOCKER
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 8th, 2005, 5:15pm »
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Ray: Thanks a lot!! I'm glad to FINALLY learn a little something about this old road. Obviously, it wasn't host to crack varnish!

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mowingman
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 12th, 2005, 10:17pm »
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There is actually a book about that railroad. It is out of print, but one can be found on Ebay on occasion. The author is Paul Pietrak.

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 24th, 2005, 2:42pm »
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Hi
As I recall in a visit to Coudersport a few years back, the station still stands downtowm; and a nice one at that
Jack Crate


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« Reply #5 on: Oct 26th, 2005, 10:29pm »
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Hello, I don't know how I managed to miss this thread. The C&PA is one of my favorite railroads. I used to pass through Coudersport regularly, particularly in the early 1970's while attending junior college in Williamsport. Unfortunately the C&PA was on it's last legs at that time.  
 
There's plenty of C&PA material on the Internet if you know where to look. The best place to start is with the previously mentioned C&PA book by Paul Pietrak. (The volume also covers the New York & Pennsylvania.) While currently out of print, it occasionally surfaces on Ebay.
 
Here are some links of interest:
 
A brief history of the C&PA, kind of weak at the end:
 
http://www.happeningsinthehills.com/potter/qb/historycpa.htm
 
From the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, a writeup on the C&PA's Russell snow plow:
 
http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/restorat/candpabw.htm
 
From the Potter County (PA) Historical Society website:
 
http://pottercountypa.net/history/
 
(Scroll down to "Photo Gallery" for a few C&PA related artifacts)
 
From George Ellwood's Fallen Flags website, C&PA GE 44-tonner, number D-1:
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-c/cpa-d1amh.jpg
 
Here are some photos of the ornate C&PA station in downtown Coudersport that now serves as a boro building and Police Station:
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-c/cpa-coudersport-sta-a.jpg
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-c/cpa-coudersport-sta-b.jpg
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/misc-c/cpa-coudersport-sta-c.jpg
 
The C&PA's only caboose, now being used as a visitor's center in downtown Coudersport: (Scroll down to the caboose photo.)
 
http://www.coudersportpa.com/card.html
 
Photos and plans for this caboose appeared in the October 1978 issue of Model Railroader.
 
An in-depth article on the C&PA appeared in the July 1944 issue of Trains, titled "Pennsylvania Pygmy".
 
BTW-the C&PA did actually serve both namesake cities until the western end was washed out in a flood in 1942 or 1943. The C&PA connected with the PRR in Port Allegany.
 
Salzberg took over the C&PA in 1964 when the line was threatened with abandonment. It was operated as an extension of the WAG (Wellsville, Addison and Galeton) until 1972 when the line ceased operating for good.
 


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« Reply #6 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:18pm »
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C&PA caboose on display in Coudersport in April 2009

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:19pm »
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Coudersport station April 2009

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:20pm »
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C&PA bridge just outside Coudersport

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:21pm »
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Bridge abutments of the Allegany River bridge outside of Roulette in April 2009. Tracks abandoned through here in 1964.

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:23pm »
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Former road crossing near Burtville in April 2009. The last train on this crossing was in 1942! 67 years later, there is a still a bump in the road from the crossing!

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 25th, 2014, 5:58pm »
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Cool stuff! Thanks for posting.
CHESSIEMIKE


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