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ErieAtlantic7597
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« Reply #60 on: Dec 12th, 2011, 11:52am »
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   Friends,
 
   I just happened to see this thread by accident. And, by accident, I happened to have known a man whos grandfather was president of both the Susquehanna & New York RR along with the Tionesta Valley RR.
 
   His name was Joe Gould. Joe was in his late sixtys when I met him in a model railroad club in Caple Coral, Fl. back in the early seventys when I moved to the Cape Coral/Ft. Myers. area. Joe was a tallented model railroader from the old days. But it was'nt until quite a bit latter that the stories of his grandfather started to emerge. I don't now remember if his grandfather was on his mother's side or his father's side of the family.
 
   He had pictures of himself, as a baby, sitting on the steps of a narrow gauge Tionesta Valley caboose, with the president of the road, his grandfather, holding him up. I have seen that picture, I wish I knew where it is today. He told stories of spending the summers in the hills next to the Susquehanna and New York tracks. And because of his relations, he and his mother would be taken to the nearest town to get food and supplys for the week, in a piece of RR equipment. If my memory servers me right, he said the RR had a Model "T' on rails. That is what was used to bring his mom and himself to the town and back to the cabin in the woods. By rail of course.
 
   Joe is long gone now, and I'm older myself now than how old he was when I met him. I wish I could remember all of the stories that he would tell us about those old days on the Susquehanna and New York RR when his grandfather was the head man.  
 
   Sorry for jumping into this very interesting thread with my long story. I just thought it would be a little interesting considering the main subject here.
 
   Bruce R.  


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« Reply #61 on: Dec 12th, 2011, 5:22pm »
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Hi Bruce,
 
     Thanks for your reminiscences-no need to apologize. Yes, the Susquehanna & New York did have a Model T pickup truck with flanged wheels. There's at least one photo of it in Edward L. Kaseman's "Story Of The Susquehanna & New York".  
 
     Copies of this book show up rather frequently on eBay. If you're interested, make sure to get the third edition that was expanded with many more photographs to go along with the series of Pennsylvania logging books by Casler, Kline & Taber.
 
     Mr. Kaseman does not have a comprehensive listing of all of the officers of the railroad but the first president was named C. S. Horton, the last L. C. Warren, who was president from at least 1920 through abandonment in 1942.
 
     Both the S&NY and the Tionesta Valley were owned by the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company, with the headquarters in Williamsport, PA.
 
     My maternal grandfather (Mother's father) was the eldest son of a Swedish immigrant who came to Pennsylvania when the CPL went to Norway and Sweden recruiting experienced woodsmen to harvest the huge tracts of hemlocks in the northern portion of Pennsylvania. My grandfather grew up around Sheffield, PA, terminus of the Tionesta Valley, and told me of working in the woods loading log cars with nothing but peaveys and manpower.
 
     As the woods played out, he eventually went to Jamestown, NY which I'm sure you'll recognize was on the mainline of the Erie Railroad. He served with the Jamestown Police Department for over 40 years, retiring in 1966. The Erie used to run 3 round trips a day between Jamestown and Buffalo. During prohibition he walked a beat and one of his duties was to meet the trains coming from Buffalo during his shift to watch for bootleggers bringing in alcohol from Canada.
 
     That's a far stretch from the S&NY but thought you might enjoy the Tionesta Valley/Erie Railroad connection. My grandfather has been dead for over 30 years now but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I wish I could talk to him again to hear (And record!) some of his tales of working on the Tionesta Valley and meeting the Erie trains.
 
Art
 
PS-I noted that the old "disappearing photos" bug reared its ugly head overnight and I've reposted the photos in my previous entries.


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« Reply #62 on: Jan 29th, 2012, 5:55pm »
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   Friends,
 
   While digging my way out of the rubble that is in my house, I came across some old paperwork from the model RR club from Cape Coral, Fl. from years ago. The name of the man that I mentioned was Joe Gohl. I don't know if this means anything to anyone familiar with the Susquehanna and New York RR or not.
 
   Bruce Ray.


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Below is the 1903 Sanborn segment of Towanda which shows the S&NY turntable and engine house.


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« Reply #64 on: Jul 1st, 2013, 8:41am »
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Below is the 1903 Sanborn segment of Towanda, proceeding "North" which shows the LV's, Bowman's Creek Branch passenger station at Washington street.


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Photo below is of S&NY 105 in Monroeton (circa 1910), purchased in 1903 from the Pennsylvania Railroad, a Class A-1 locomotive.

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