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rratst
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WESTERN ALLEGHENY RR
 
« on: Dec 15th, 2013, 11:02am »
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I last read about this The WESTERN ALLEGHENY RR in a issue of RAILFAN magazine (Winter issue I think) at some point between 1975- 1999 which is now R&R, anyone know what became of this rail line?
 
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 18th, 2013, 10:36am »
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There are no rails left on it minus a former crossing in Kaylor on PA RT68.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:12pm »
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on Dec 15th, 2013, 11:02am, rratst wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I last read about this The WESTERN ALLEGHENY RR in a issue of RAILFAN magazine (Winter issue I think) at some point between 1975- 1999 which is now R&R, anyone know what became of this rail line?
 
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The line was originally owned by the PRR and purchased by the B&LE in 1967. The primary source of revenue was coal. As coal reserves dried up, the B&LE ceased using the line around 1994 and the rails were removed by 2002.
 
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on Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:12pm, Ron_Mele wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
The line was originally owned by the PRR and purchased by the B&LE in 1967. The primary source of revenue was coal. As coal reserves dried up, the B&LE ceased using the line around 1994 and the rails were removed by 2002.
 
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 14th, 2014, 10:20pm »
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on Dec 22nd, 2013, 11:12pm, Ron_Mele wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
The line was originally owned by the PRR and purchased by the B&LE in 1967. The primary source of revenue was coal. As coal reserves dried up, the B&LE ceased using the line around 1994 and the rails were removed by 2002.

 
Apologies for the premature /enter/.
 
Actually, the Western Allegheny did have a life before being bought by the PRR. It also, in the beginning, extended quite a few miles west of the B&LE line. (Part of the route is now submerged under an artificial lake.)
 
It seems likely that PRR bought the line as part of its continual efforts to find a way to connect with the lines west of Pittsburgh without passing through the Pittsburgh bottle neck. Many suppose that the plan was to connect the eastern end of the Western Allegheny  
to the PRR line on the eastern side of the Allegheny River at East Brady. That would allow traffic to move west from Harrisburg via the Harrisburg - Sunbury - Williamsport - Driftwood - DuBois - Red Bank route. What they would do at the western end of the Western Allegheny is not clear. Maybe they never figured that out either?


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