Volume 9 details: P&LE Gateway Yard and Mahoning State Line Railroad, Sharon Steel Lowellville plant, the narrow gauge industrial limestone railroads of the Hillsville and Bessemer: Carbon Limestone, Bessemer Cement and Limestone RR, USS Michigan Limestone. And of great interest is the complete history of American Cyanamid New Castle Dynamite RR and state line explosives.
The seventh volume in this historical series of abandoned railroads of the Ohio and Pennsylvania state line--a compelling first time history of the Pittsburgh and Butler Railway, 33 miles of steel railway across rugged western Pennsylvania hills 1900 to 1931.
This reveals the history of the Youngstown & Southern; the legendary Pittsburgh, Lisbon & Western Railroad; the Pittsburgh Coal Company’s Smith Ferry branch, and the quest to haul Ohio River coal to Republic Steel in Youngstown, Ohio. It tells of the last interurban in Ohio and in Beaver County, Pennsylvania--America’s oldest operating short line, operating today as the Youngstown & South Eastern.
Pittsburgh was the birthplace of the inclined plane, and there were more built here than in any other city in the world. Contained in this book are the histories of many of these incline and street railway companies and the names, faces and backgrounds of the Pittsburgh men whose vision conceived, financed, built and operated them.
From its humble beginning to its calculated demise at the hands of those who exploited it for gain and profit, the West Side Belt Railroad was instrumental in shaping the future of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.