Not-so Well Known Shortlines

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  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    The How do you name your layout thread, is such a neat idea, that it got me thinking :D :D :D

    Some of us must know about the thousands of small railroads that once existed in the US. (Or maybe still do)

    How about it??? Want to teach us something about a Railroad that we've never heard of?????

    Answer any or all of these questions:

    Name of railroad____________________
    What Was/is it's location(Ex:Southeast PA)
    Where it ran-- From:________________ To:______________
    When it ran -- From:________________ To:______________
    How did you hear about it_______________________________
    Did you ever ride on it________________________
    What did it haul to make it's money________________
    Is it still in operation____________________
    If not - what's there now??__________________
    If you know..... Why did it go out of business__________________
    If it has an "Official Web Site" List it___________________________
    Was the railroad built for a single purpose______________________
    Built by a Private company_________________

    If you have any other information to share(Pics etc...)________________


    Well???? What do you think?????
  2. Pitchwife

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    Great idea Mikey. Who knows? It could be an inspiration for someone's new/next layout. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  3. N Gauger

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    Name of railroad..... Leiper Railway

    What Was/is it's location: Southeast PA

    Where it ran-- From:Lieper Quarry in Nether Providence, PA To: Chester, PA (Baldwin Loco Works)

    When it ran -- From: 1809 To: 1819

    How did you hear about it: Grew up about 3 miles from it :)

    Did you ever ride on it: Nope :( :(

    What did it haul to make it's money: Stone From the Leiper Quarry (Also Owned by Thomas Leiper)

    Is it still in operation: no :( Everything but the origianl "house" that had the mill attached, is gone....

    If not - what's there now?? I-476 (The Blue Route) in Southeastern, PA.. followed the route of the Railway & subsequent Canal. All remnants were destroyed or covered up by the foundation of the highway.

    If you know..... Why did it go out of business: No idea, save that they finaly got permission to build the canal. They started using the Leiper canal & stopped using the trains in 1819

    If it has an "Official Web Site" List it.. Lieper Raiway Leiper canal

    Was the railroad built for a single purpose: To haul stone for the Leiper Quarry to teh Delaware River to be sold. (Only built because they could not get permission to build the canal. (See above)

    Built by a Private company.. Yes - Thomas Leiper

    If you have any other information to share(Pics etc...) Unfortunatly, just the web sites listed above. There is a Leiper Railway Marker
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    :D Thanks!!
  5. nachoman

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    this is a great idea. i remember finding a website or a posting that listed in alphabetcal order all railroads by state. Included were all the fallen flags. I can't remember where I found it, though. I remember being amazed at all the extinct shortlines near where i lived.

    kevin
  6. Pitchwife

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    Is this it? Fallen Flags
  7. jetrock

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    Name of railroad___Sacramento Northern Railroad
    What Was/is it's location(Ex:Southeast PA)
    Where it ran-- From:__San Francisco, CA_ To:__Chico, CA__
    When it ran -- From:__1906__ To:__1987__
    How did you hear about it__Model Railroader article___
    Did you ever ride on it_Yes--part of the mainline is a museum/tourist railroad now, (in fact 2 spots are museums)__
    What did it haul to make it's money_People, fruit & vegetables, steel, everything else__
    Is it still in operation_No, but one of its branches still hauls freight for another railroad__
    If not - what's there now??_BART, abandoned right-of-way, bike trails, other railroads, streets_
    If you know..... Why did it go out of business_Absorbed by parent company, then acquired by UP__
    If it has an "Official Web Site" List it_ http://www.people.virginia.edu/~ggg9y/home.html __
    Was the railroad built for a single purpose_No, for both passengers and freight__
    Built by a Private company_By two--originally the Oakland Antioch & Eastern and the Northern Electric_

    If you have any other information to share(Pics etc...)_The website above has gobs of SN information. It was originally an electric interurban that also hauled freight, which gradually dieselized from the Forties to the Sixties__


    Well???? What do you think?????
  8. jetrock

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    The SN was pretty big and well-known for a little-known short line, so here's a smaller one:

    Answer any or all of these questions:

    Name of railroad__Mattole Valley Lumber Company____
    What Was/is it's location(Ex:Southeast PA)
    Where it ran-- From:_Petrolia, CA___ To:_Mattole Valley___
    When it ran -- From:__1908___ To:___1918_____
    How did you hear about it_Engine on display at CSRM___
    Did you ever ride on it_No, but its engine is still around__
    What did it haul to make it's money_Tanbark, used to tan leather__
    Is it still in operation__No__
    If not - what's there now??_Two miles of dirt__
    If you know..... Why did it go out of business_Ran out of trees____
    If it has an "Official Web Site" List it___________________________
    Was the railroad built for a single purpose_Yes, to haul tanbark__
    Built by a Private company_Yes_

    If you have any other information to share(Pics etc...)________________
  9. babydot94513

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    Jetrock, seeing as you are connected to CSRM, is there any public data base that CSRM has that we can look at and get more details on this thread topic?

    JD
  10. jetrock

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    The CSRMF library website has an index to its collections, but it isn't really that useful without having access to the collections/library, and for that you have to make a trip up to Sacramento.

    Here's the site with the general library search engines, anyhow:

    http://66.129.110.33/