Here’s another Dave Hamley photo, but this is P&S 1775, “Independence,” at Brookville in April 1975. Remember to click to enlarge then use your back button to return to the P&S site.
SITE UPDATED 11/25/20
This is a place remembering the Pittsburg & Shawmut, Mountain Laurel, and Red Bank railroads of Pennsylvania, a personal site not connected to the former Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad Company or Genesee & Wyoming, present owner and operator. The Genessee & Wyoming corporate site is at: www.gwrr.com
The site was created in May 1996 to share history, memories, photos, and information about these colorful railroads. Email about the site may be sent to Dennis Snyder at: email@example.com
Remember The Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railroad? That is their green and yellow logo below, it was the parent of the Pittsburg & Shawmut. The PS&N historical society web site is at: http://www.psnrrhs.org
Pittsburg & Shawmut In Color – A Book!
In 2015 Kurt Reisweber and Brad Esposito published a 128 page book on the P&S. The book contains a good bit of history of the Shawmut and many awesome color photographs from the 1950s on. The book is available from Morning Sun Books. Here’s the main Morning Sun web address.
SPECIAL NOTE – I just verified that the book is still available at the web site below on 10/07/20.
Here is a direct link to the Shawmut book.
Latest Site Update Info
Detailed P&S R.R. History
Engine Cross Reference
Site Update: 11/25/20
Happy Thanksgiving! The 2020 Holiday Season is here and my best wishes to all of you and yours for a great holiday season. What a year eeh?
Don’t forget, the P&S Yahoo group will be gone after December 15 since Yahoo is discontinuing their groups feature. A P&S group is not lost in the dust, a new group has been started at a new group service called groups.io. Those of you who have used Yahoo’s groups will be pleased to know groups.io is easier to navigate.
If you’re interested in joining the new Shawmut group, simply go to: https://groups.io/ or www.groups.io and click on “Sign Up” in the upper right. Your email address will be your log in name, create a password, then do a search for “Shawmutline” – name of the new group. Here’s hotlinks to the new group service, which is FREE!
Time for some more photos!
IMPORTANT! – CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW THEN CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE SITE.
At Brookville four switchers and a geep smoke it up as they head south! Four switchers again, this time northbound and at Ringgold/Dora with just a caboose.
Another foursome again at Ringgold/Dora, but this time with a variety of colors and GP7 357 in this S. Kolata photo.
Didn’t intend for this update to be a foursome theme, it just happened this way! This time we’re at Sligo in the G&W days in this Gale Simpson photo.
Well, why stop now, four more from Kurt Reisweber this time at Knoxdale.
What’s this? David Bear caught Lycoming Valley 238 (ex P&S 238) at Butler!
It’s no secret the P&S area can be bare and colorless during the winter months, but here in another Dave Hamley photo P&S 10, 1866, and 1891 add a burst of color as they passed through McWilliams in February 1982.
Serious students of the P&S know the Shawmut had three GP7s from 1975 to the end. The previous photo has GP7 #10 leading a train, here’s sister GP7 #11 in fresh paint on the north side of the Brookville engine shop in this one from Bob Chesarek.
Speaking of McWilliams, Tim caught some MOW units there long ago.
After April 1996 big changes took place on the P&S which became new reporting marks PSR, there was still some life on the line for awhile and in 1997 Brad Esposito caught this one at Sprankle Viaduct.
No question favorite photo spots along the Shawmut were the various trestles which were referred to as viaducts, such as this unusual train at East Branch.
Over the years the Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad had several logos. This can be especially confusing if you are modeling the P&S, but it’s a rather interesting little history bit of the P&S.
While I don’t have much to illustrate it here of the earliest logos, this northbound at Timblin of Elmer Shick hooping up orders is one, the plain hexagon logo with just “P&S” inside, the model below is more obvious.
Perhaps the most confusion is the hexagon logo. The widest used was the hexagon logo above with a white double arrow and SHAWMUT in black centered in caps.
There was a variation on this logo, when the P&S started using 100 ton coal hoppers the 200 series car logos had a black arrow with white SHAWMUT such as below.
This 55 tonner illustrates the more common logo, white arrow, black letters.
Of course, then there was some added confusion in the mid 1970s when the P&S R.R. adopted the former P.S.&N. bar-diamond logo, but a big difference is that P&S logo was red with white letters like above. The P.S.&N. logo was green and yellow like below.
Here is an interesting twist on the above two bar-diamond logos. When I started this site in 1996 I didn’t have a good photo of this logo either or P&S or PS&N. I drew these using Microsoft Paint in my spare time at a fire station I was working at as a secretary at the time.
After the 1996 purchase by GWI some of the PSR era hoppers got this 1899 to 1999 one-hundred year logo, the stencil, as you can see, didn’t come out very clear and this is another I don’t have a really good example of.
Here’s PSR era hopper 2101, no logo at all. This is at the loader near the Mosgrove branch.
After the 1996 purchase by GWI (or more commonly known as G&W for Gennseese & Wyoming), there was this logo. Unfortunately, it only appeared on some MOW equipment such as below.
Which was your favorite? Oh yes, in closing we can’t forget two other variations!
Some cabooses had an orange hexagon logo on red background such as 192 here at Kittanning.
Finally? The SW9s had a red hexagon logo on the yellow/orange background like the 232 when it was quite new.
At the top of this site is P&S 1776 in Bicentennial colors, the 1776 was originally P&S 239 seen here at Kittanning/Applewold in original factory paint. This is a Dave Hamley photo from Jim Aldridge’s collection.
Below are five photos of various power at Brookville from David Baer in a 2001 visit.
As you can see, David found a colorful assortment of goodies at “BV.”
This fall colors photo, including the two SW9s is from Mike Woodruff in the mid 70s, the two were waiting to join up with one of the steam excursions around Knoxdale.
Here, we’re on the northside of Mauk Tunnel as a northbound exits.
A long, long, long time ago at Kittanning a northbound was making a station stop.
This David Baer photo was taken during the early 1990s during the Mountain Laurel era when one of he GP10s was leading a southbound across Mahoning Creek viaduct.
Four cheers for the RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!
Here is a great Brookvlle viaduct photo from Andy Hepp’s collection.
The small engine facility at Kittanning/Applewold was packed full in this photo from the old route 422 bridge.
A southbound Brookville local works at Markle betweed Timblin and McWilliams.
One of the former NS coal trains to Shelocta passes under the Tarr Town Road and Route 422 in this Robert Shook photo from days long gone by on the P&S.
At Freeport the first two Mountain Laurel GP10’s await pickup having been delivered by Conrail.
Speaking of Conrail, there they are at Summerville meeting LEF&C in this Eric Johnson photo from David Baer’s collection.
Tim sent along this chilling view of the P&S Reesedale Allegheny River bridge.
Back in the 1950s this was from one of the Shawmut excursion trains at BV when the switchers were brand new and shining!
Although the site has hundreds and hundreds of P&S R.R. photos we rotate through here, there are some great photos on line we don’t have, here’s the link to some!
Mike Woodruff recently sent the two links below.
A Robert Farkas photo of P&S 235 after the paint had been touched up with the solid nose panel instead of the earlier nose stripes, a Robert Farkas photo.
This is a William Grimes photo of the 233 as Rail Link 233 in Franklin, VA.
Here are some Doug Lily photts that are posted on railpictures.net – I highly suggest you also go there and search for more of Doug’s fabulous photos.
Sprankle Mills 1982
Note that some links may not show up as clickable links, you’ll have to copy and paste them into your browser then return to the site afterwards with your back button.
In the late 1980s Rick Tonet of Leechburg was lucky enough to ride on the Shawmut several times, here is a 10 minute clip from Brookville to Brockway and part of the return trip.
Note that some links will not show up as clickable links, you’ll have to copy and paste into your browser.
Above, P&W 1201 (P&S 1855/232) and a short freight in October 2014.
Some present day clips around Punxsutawney, Kittanning. Freeport, Butler, Sabula, and Brockway from Mark.
It was 1989 when KGL1 with two switchers and caboose 196 took this southbound through the McWilliams area with coal loads for Reesedale and other freight.
The Shawmut steam era, what a treasure!
A short clip from Railway Video Quarterly video magazine around Brookville circa 1992 with a run to the Conifer Branch and East Branch.
Hop aboard KGL1 from Applewold to Freeport in the late 1980s, a Rick Tonet (Leechburg) video.
Some P&S clips from Tom Crawford who did the Vol 1 and Vol 2 Shawmut Line Videos in the early 1990s.
Unfortunately, we don’t receive many Shawmut model photos to share, but we try to include a few here.
A few days ago, just for fun I staged this crazy Z scale photo inside my Marklin Z scale briefcase layout. The whole scene is only 12 inches wide. Below is a photo of the whole layout, what a difference.
Being stuck inside with the Covid 19 pandemic, I made two new micro layouts, this one is N scale, 18 inches in diameter. The other is further down, also 18 inches diameter, but Z scale.
Al from Brookville continues to work on his awesome Shawmut HO layout!
In this photo and video Z scale Mountain Laurel GP10 15 & 16 have been upgraded to GP35 status, you know, “what if.” This is the 2nd micro layout completed during the 2020 Covid 19 virus situation.
Here’s a short clip of Al Crate’s P&S HO Layout, we have featured many photos of his great layout here over the years.
Above is the link to video of my HO layout taken by Dave Edwards back in December 2018. Have made some operational and other changes since then.
SOME DETAILED HISTORY of the Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad
The Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad was originally called the Brookville & Mahoning which began in the early 1900s allowing parent railroad Pittsburg, Shawmut, & Northern access to Pittsburg, PA. The first section between Brookville and Brockway was completed in 1907. In 1910 the line was renamed Pittsburg & Shawmut. When completed in 1917 the P&S covered 88.1 miles from Brockway, PA to Freeport, PA. Coal was always the main business of the P&S although it also ran passenger service until the 1930s, and other types of freight traveled over the line.
A visitor to the site asked what Shawmut meant. The word Shawmut originates from the Boston, Maine area where this not only a hill/mountain with the name, but a bank as well which had some financial history with the P&S. Shawmut is also related to the Algonquian Indian’s word Mashaumowuk which as above refers to the Boston area. There is also a Shawmut Dam on the Kennebec River. There is also A large (unrelated) Electrical Manufacturing company named Shawmut. Other railroad related subjects include Shawmut, Montana on the Union Pacific and the tiny town of Shawmut near Brockway, PA on the original P.S.&.N.
In its early days the P&S operated with a fleet of steam locomotives, some former PS&N and some former Monon 2-8-2s. Starting in October 1953 the P&S began what many other railroads did, switching to diesel power by purchasing nine EMD model SW9 1200 HP switchers outfitted for multiple unit operation. The bright red and yellow SW9s operated in teams of 2-5 units. In the mid 1970s the SW9s were repainted red, white, and blue in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial. From the mid 1970s through the early 1980s three used GP7 diesels were added. The Shawmut continued to use cabooses into the late 1980s or early 1990s.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s the P&S began expanding with the purchase of the Conrail (former PRR) low grade secondary line from Lawsonham, Pa to Driftwood, PA. The ten mile line from Lansonham to Sligo was first and was named the Red Bank Railroad. They had no locomotives or rolling stock, all P&S equipment was used. Shortly after, the rest of the Low Grade was purchased from Conrail and became the Mountain Laurel Railroad. The Mountain Laurel had six GP10 locomotives, but no other rolling stock. The P&S and MNL locomotives were used on all three railroads and P&S as well as other hoppers were also used system wide. In April 1996 all three lines were purchased by Genesee & Wyoming. A few years later all operations were asorbed into the Buffalo & Pittsburgh. More details about these railroads will appear further down the page.
SHAWMUT & MOUNTAIN LAUREL Motive Power:
This section includes locomotive dispositions after the April 1996 G&W acquisition.
Some of the info below is old and may have changed, if anyone has updated info please let us know.
Note – The Red Bank didn’t have any motive power, P&S and MNL power were used system wide after 1996.
Note – SW9s that went to Willamette & Pacific (WPRR) were re-lettered Portland & Western (P&W.) WPRR & P&W are related, but motive power was re-lettered P&W.
Note – RWB = red, white, and blue.
231/1775 Independence became Lycoming Valley 231 in Rea/ding green and yellow.
232/1866 Oliver Winchester became P&W 1201 named North Plains still RWB, possibly being scrapped or sent elsewhere.
233/1774 Ben Franklin became P&W 1202 named St Helens repainted G&W orange. It is believed the unit became Rail Link 233 at Port San Antonio and repainted white with orange trim.
234/1891 John Browning became Patout & Son 1825, a sugar mill off Lousiana & Delta, repainted RWB; last seen badly rusted.
235/1851 Sam Colt became P&W 1203 named Cornelius still RWB.
236/1865 B Tyler Henry became Juniata Valley 2106 in PRR maroon and gold..
237/1949 Bill Ruger became P&W 1204 named Banks still RWB now Rail Link 1204
238/1816 Eliphalet Remington became Lycoming Valley 238 in Reading green and yellow.
239/1776 Betsy Ross became Lycoming Valley 239 in Reading green and yellow.
357 – GP7 Dan Wesson scrapped in 1986.
10 – GP7 No name, became MALX 1501 in Iriquois, IL.
11 – GP7 No name, went to Chestnut Ridge in Palmerton, PA, still #11 in blue, but the red stripe repainted white.
Mountain Laurel GP10s. (No Names on Mountain Laurel)
12 – Louisiana & 1850 in G&W orange, named Evangeline.
13 – Louisiana & Delta 1851 still in MNL colors.
14 – Louisiana & Delta 1852 still in MNL colors.
15 – Originally to Finger Lakes, renumbered 1801. Later to Seaview in RI as 1855
and repainted blue and silver.
16 – Louisiana & Delta 1853 still 16 in MNL colors, to Little Rock & Western in 2014, and possibly onward elsewhere since.
17 – General Chemical Corp in WY, last known in Utah as a Rail Link unit, still 17,
still MNL colors.
Note: Original P&S numbers and Bicentennial era names and numbers cross reference is below, next.
P&S Engine Number Cross Reference including names.
231 – 1775 Independence
232 – 1866 Oliver Winchester
233 – 1774 Ben Franklin
234 – 1891 John Browning
235 – 1851 Sam Colt
236 – 1865 B Tyler Henry
237 – 1949 Bill Ruger
238 – 1816 Eliphalet Remington
239 – 1776 Betsy Ross
357 – GP7 Dan Wesson
1774 – 233
1775 – 231
1776 – 239
1816 – 238
1851 – 235
1865 – 236
1866 – 232
1891 – 234
1949 – 237
357 – GP7
Note: Gp7 10 and 11 and all the Mountain Laurel GP10s did not have names.
PITTSBURG & SHAWMUT TIMELINE:
1860s – “Shawmut” switchback railroad began near Drummond & Shawmut PA.
July 01, 1899 – Several NY and PA railroads merged into the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern.
July 21, 1903 – Brookville & Mahoning RR being planned from Brockway to Freeport.
August 1905 – P.S.& N. declares bankruptcy and placed in receivership remaining
that way until 1947.
1905 – Construction begins on B&M.
April 1907 – First section between Brookville & Ramsaytown completed.
October 1907 – Line complete between Brookville & Brockway.
1908 -Line completed between Brookville and Tait.
1910 – Name changed from Brookville & Mahoning to Pittsburg & Shawmut
1911 – Tidal and Oakland Branches began.
1913 – Line completed between Tait and Mahoning.
August 1916 – P&S breaks away from PS&N under lease as Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad Company.
1917 – P&S now completed from Brockway to Freeport, 88 miles.
1931 – Last steam passenger trains ran, remaining passengers carried by Hoodlebug motor cars.
1936 – Oakland Branch torn out.
1938 – Passenger service ends.
1939 – Construction of Mahoning Dam begins, four mile branch to site built, branch removed in 1941 after construction ended
1941 – Linde Air Plant facility at Kittaning breaks ground. Located about a mile south of the P&S Kittanning station.
1942 – First Linde Air products produced.
1947 – Linde Plant in full operation, plant also receives coal hoppers from P&S for their steam electricity generating boiler.
1947 – P.S. & N. abandoned, last PS&N train April 1, 1947.
1953 – P&S begins taking delivery of nine red and yellow 1200 horsepower EMD model SW9 switchers replacing steam as power. Out on the road the switchers were used in combinations of two, three, and four units and sometimes as many as five in later years after longer trains of 100 ton hoppers were hauled.
1954 – Engine house built at Brockway Yard for the diesels, but not used long. Still standing in 2000’s, but no longer owned by the railroad.
1955 – In the mid 1950s the West Penn Power Plant began operating and receiving coal by the railroad and continued until 2012.
1956 – Linde Plant at Kittanning now has 2.5 miles of tracks in the plant and uses 15000 tons of coal monthly in steam generation.
Early 1970s – The SW9’s being repainted, three nose stripes were painted into a solid panel, some units were simply lettered PITTSBURG & SHAWMUT or PITTSBURG AND SHAWMUT while some remained including RAILROAD.
1973 – First 100 ton coal hoppers placed in service in 300-499 number series lettered as “SHAWMUT” centered on the sides. Some 70 ton hoppers were experimented with for about a year about this time, but didn’t remain.
1974 – Battery operated telephone system replaced by VHF radios. A new time table established trains BVL1, BVX, KGL1, KGL2, etc. as the radio call signs for the trains.
October 1974 – Reading 2102 lettered as D&H 302 ran excursion trains on P&S.
October 1975 – Reading 2102 lettered as D&H 302) again ran excursions.
1975 – P&S adopts the PS&N “SHAWMUT LINE” logo, but in red and white. The original white hexagon logo remained in use as well. The SW9s begin to get painted red, white, and blue in conjunction with the nations Bicentennial. Caboose 196 also got painted those colors. Other cabooses sported flags. The engine names and numbers were either patriotic people or due to the popularity of guns and hunting in the P&S area were those of famous gun manufacturers with the engine numbers the year the company was founded.
1975 – P&S had purchased ex Reading GP7 608 and painted it red, white, and blue as well. It was numbered it 357, and named Dan Wesson. Since the company was only a year old at the time the number 357 (for the famous Smith & Wesson 357) was chosen as the number. This engine was set up to run long hood forward and only had MU cables on the short end so it could only lead or trail last in a consist. The unit was scrapped in February 1986 due to a cylinder rod lock-up that was unable to be repaired.
1975-79 – Linde Air plant closes during mid to late 1970s.
April 1976 P&S begins service to Brockway Glass at Crenshaw and acquired Brockway yard shortly after.
September 1976 – P&S GP7 #357 in service.
February 1977 – P&S 357 leased to Conrail.
1977 – Newly expanded coal processing plant at Dora begins loading.
1980s – Asbury Graphic took over old Linde Air plant at Kittanning getting some rail service.
1981 – Two GP7’s purchased from Conrail, temporarily numbered 101 and 102, became P&S 10 and 11 painted blue with red and white trim. #10 was NYC 5817 then PC and CR 5672 and #11 was C&O 5720 which returned to Canada and was used there by NYC. Both 10 and 11 were leased on and off in last half of 1980s.
June 1982 – GP7 #10 in service, set up to run long hood forward, only had 600 gallon fuel tank and was used a lot at Brookville. Work on #11 continued.
May 1985 – GP7 #11 in service.
1980s – The last half of the 1980s saw a downturn in coal business. Conrail began selling off smaller branches that weren’t generating enough profit. Business was also down on the P&S so the company began looking to expand which resulted in eventually purchasing the ex PRR Low Grade Secondary from Conrail.
January 1987 – GP7 10 and 11 leased to Allegneny RR.
September 1988 – GP7 10 and 11 leased to Buffalo & Pittsburgh.
February 1989 – GP7 10 and 11 leased to Rochester & Southern.
July 1989 – P&S begins operating the new paper ten mile “Red Bank Railroad” in conjunction with Shannon Transport, Inc. (a subsidiary of C&K Coal Co.) which was on the Conrail Low Grade Secondary at Lawsonham from milepost 4 thru 6 and the Sligo running track from Lawsonham milepost 0.0 to Silgo milepost 10.5. There were no Red Bank lettered cars or locomotives.
December 31, 1991 – P&S purchased the “Low Grade Secondary” line from Conrail running from Lawsonham to Driftwood naming it the Mountain Laurel Railroad. Six red, black, and silver GP10’s rebuilt by ICG were received and lettered Mountain Laurel numbers 12 thru 17. Both P&S and MNL units were used on all of the lines and consists often contained a mix of units.
1992 – GP7 10 and 11 leased by LEFC during final operations of that line.
1993 – Timetable number 1 adopted for Pittsburg & Shawmut, Red Bank, and Mountain Laurel railroads and would be the last P&S timetable.
December 1995 – Conrail purchased 5.8 miles of CSX Ridge Sub and leased 24.7 miles of CSX Indiana Sub to supply 4 million tons of coal annually to the power plant at Shectola. This included trackage rights over the P&S and BPRR.
April 29, 1996 – Shawmut, Red Bank, and Mountain Laurel purchased by G&W and takes on reporting marks of PSR becoming BPRR Shawmut Sub and Laurel Sub. Final Mountain Laurel train was April 26, 1996. Final Shawmut train April 29, 1996 from Brookville to Mosgrove and back with SW9s 1949, 1891, and 1774.
June 1 1999 – Conrail split between Norfolk Southern (NS) and CSX. NS now interchanged with PSR at Driftwood and Freeport. Shelocta coal trains now are NS trains and continue trackage rightsover PSR and BPRR. Around 2005 work began on a connection track from Saltsburg that eventually ended the Shelocta trains over PSR & BPRR.
June 1999 – last coal train loaded at Dora.
1999 – Conifer Branch removed.
January 20, 2000 – Last PSR train from Brookville to Mahoning with miscellaneous cars for Freeport, power was two GP40s.
2001 – P&S mainline between Rayard and Mahoning out of service due to shut down of Dora coal plant.
2003 – P&S mainline between Brockway and Brookville removed.
2003 – Falls Creek diamond removed – Widnoon Branch removed.
January 1, 2004 – PSR absorbed into Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
June 2004- Last Coal train on Low Grade (Red Bank & Mountain Laurel) from Sligo
Summer 2004 – Dora coal processing plant being dismantled, parts possibly going to Penfield operation on Laurel Sub.
Fall 2004 – Mill Creek Viaduct north of Brookville yard dismantled.
February 2005 – turntable at Brookville removed.
May 17, 2005 – BPRR files with Surface Transportation Board to abandon and salvage the P&S line from Rayard to Mahoning.
July 2005 – 1st BPRR coal train to Homer City (mine at power plant played out, trains begin running through Indiana again).
November 2005 – Removal of tracks began in area from Coulter to Mauk.
December 2005 – Removal continues, south of MP 24 and as far as Timblin, MP 44.
February 2006 – Track now removed as far south as McWilliams.
Winter 2006 – A&K Rail Services finishes removal of P&S mainline from MP 24.0 to MP 56.0 – or south of Rayard to Colwell.
August 2006 – NS Keystone Branch complete, Shelocta coal trains no longer running over PSR & BPRR, trackage rights remain in case of emergency.
2007 – Low Grade between Sligo & Brookville filed for abandonment.
November 2007 – Low Grade being removed from Sligo to Brookville.
February 2008 – Coder Viaduct being removed on Piney Branch.
2012 West Penn Power plant shuts down.
More P&S Early History
The Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad was being planned in 1903 and was constructed over the next several years. Originally named the Brookville and Mahoning Railroad, it was renamed Pittsburg & Shawmut in 1910 due to conflicts with the Boston & Maine having the same reporting marks. There was also speculation the name change may have been to make it appear to be the PS&N. The 88 mile long line ran southwest from Brockway, PA to Freeport, PA to connect with the Pittsburgh, PA area as an extension of its parent railroad The Pittsburg Shawmut & Northern. Note that in the late 1800s Pittsburgh was spelled without the “h” and both railroads used that older spelling.
In 1916 the P&S broke away from the PS&N and became a separate railroad. The PS&N had financial problems through its entire history and the tracks were removed in 1948. Meanwhile, the P&S was completed from Brockway to Freeport in 1917 and continued to operate for nearly 100 years and although it also struggled at first, did very well for the most.
The during the late 1970s and first half of the 1980s business was booming on the Shawmut. In the mid 1970s the red and yellow Shawmut switchers were repainted red, white, and blue for the nation’s Bicentennial and over the next few years additional GP7 power was added. During this time coal was being loaded at places like Dora, Colwell, Reddco, Brockway, and other loaders and found its way to power plants in the northeast as well as the power plant at Reesedale. In the earlier years there were many other coal loaders and businesses that received rail service along the P&S.
1980s and beyond
Business began dropping off in the late 1980s. Trying to survive, the company expanded by purchasing the former Pennsylvania RR Low Grade line from Conrail running from Lawsonham to Sligo and Lawsonham to Driftwood including the 25 mile former New York Central line from Rose to near Clarion known as the Piney Branch. The lines were operated as the Red Bank Railroad from Lawsonham to Sligo and the Mountain Laurel Railroad from Lawsonham to Driftwood. Six additonal red, black, and silver GP10 locomotives were received for this new operation. However, business continued to decline on all these lines over the next few years and it was finally decided to sell all the lines in the mid 1990s.
In April 1996 the Pittsburg & Shawmut, Red Bank, and Mountain Laurel Railroads were purchased by Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (GWI or G&W) and received the reporting marks PSR. The Genessee & Wyoming company has purchased many small railroads around the US and other countries and has become a large company. Although the Shawmut name would continue under G&W ownership, all PSR operations were absorbed into the Buffalo & Pittsburgh (BPRR or B&P) in 2004 effectively eliminating the proud little Pittsburg & Shawmut name from railroading.
The former P&S mainline from Freeport to Mosgrove remains in operation by the BPRR as does the tracks from Dellwood to the glass plant at Crenshaw including Brockway yard. The locomotive and car repair shops at Brookville are being phased out. The former Mountain Laurel section of the low grade east of Brookville is being operated by BPRR as well. Much of the tracks from Reesedale to Colwell are being used for car storage as is some of the area around Brookville and to the south near Rayard. Brookville Locomotive Company built a new facility next to the BPRR/former P&S Brookville yard and shops. Over the years “Brookville” has been expanding from mining type locomotives to full sized locomotives and the B&P yard allows them rail access. During 2013 and 2014 several Tri-Rail BL36 commuter locomotives have been produced for the Miami, FL area and have been seen making their trips to Florida.
Coal was always the Shawmut’s main business and is presently being loaded at Rose Bud Mining operation at Penefield on the former Mountain Laurel as well as a Rose Bud loader at Clinton on the former Shawmut. Coal and other commodities are sometimes loaded at Brockway Yard and coal is also loaded at Bridgeburg. The power plant at Reesedale had recieved coal by the railroad until it was announced in January 2012 that the plant will be closing, it is believed the last coal train to the plant ran in February 2012.
P&S MILEPOSTS and STATIONS with STATION CALLSIGNS
MILE – STATION – ABBREVIATION
00 Brockway Glass – BG
00 Doan Dock – DN
00 P&S Dock – PM
0.0 Brockway – RY
1.0 Dellwood – DW
4.4 Smith Summit – SS
5.6 Beechton – BN
7.2 Sugar Hill – SH
8.5 Reitz Rd Crossing – RE
10.1 Allen Mills – NA
15.0 Sulger – SG
20.9 Brookville – BV
20.9 Brookville – BV
21.1 Old Scale – OS
22.8 Rayard – RD
22.8 Rayard – RD
24.3 Conifer Branch – RA (Norman)
27.2 Tait – A
29.2 Knoxdale – KO
33.9 East Branch – EB
36.3 Coulter – CT
38.2 Sprankle Mills – SN
38.2 Sprankle Mills – SN
40.2 Mauk – MA
42.3 Dora – DA
42.6 Ringgold – RG
44.6 Timblin MI
46.0 Markle New – MK
46.0 Markle Old – MO
46.6 Harman – HA
47.6 McWilliams – MC
48.3 Volomite – VO
49.7 Eddyville – EV
51.5 Pine Run – PR
52.8 Putneyville – VS
54.1 Oakland – OD
55.8 Colwell – CL
55.9 Reid Mine – RL
56.0 Reddco – RC
60.4 Mahoning – MX
60.4 Carpentertown – CC
56.0 Reddco – RC
60.4 Mahoning – MX
60.4 Carpentertown – CC
62.9 Henley – HN
63.4 F&E Tipple – FE
63.5 Reesedale – RS
63.7 Kittanning Brick – KB
63.9 Morrison – MN
66.1 Dickey – DY
68.5 Limestone Siding – LS
68.6 Bridgeburg – G
69.8 Limestone – LI
69.8 Limestone – LI
70.7 Surrey – SR
70.8 Frampton – FR
71.2 Mohican – F
71.7 Strong – ST
73.8 Kittanning – KG
74.1 Linde – LE
73.8 Kittanning – KG
74.1 Linde – LE
74.5 Swallow – SW
77.6 West Ford CIty – FC
79.6 Cadogan – CG
83.1 Clinton – CN
85.2 Walker – WK
88.0 Freeport – FP
85.2 Walker – WK
88.0 Freeport – FP
Norman – RA (Entry Point)
Cherokee – CH 2.7 from RA
Goshen – GN 3.2 from RA
Limestone – LI – (Entry Point)
West Mosgrove – WM – 1.4 mile from LI
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN – The Pittsburg & Shawmut maine from Brockway to Brookville, from south of Rayard to Colwell, the Red Bank from Lawsonham to Sligo, and the Mountain Laurel from Lawsonham to Brookville (including the Piney Branch) have all been removed. The Widnoon and Conifer branches off the original P&S mainline were also removed. Some of the earlier branches had been removed long ago. These lines are officially “railbanked” and can be put back in operation by the railroad in the future if needed and some of them have been converted to hiking trails. Be sure to check out the link below for some great information and photos of the development of the trails in the Red Bank Valley area.
MORE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION – Additional photos and info are available on the Shawmut Yahoogroup. You can join this group by creating a free Yahoo account, then by sending an email to the address below.
Another Yahoogroup for the Buffalo and Pittsburgh (BPRR) covers present day operations of the former P&S and MNL as well as the BPRR and can be joined by sending an email to the address below.
================ABOUT THE WEB SITE===================
The original P&S site started May 16, 1996 and ended October 31, 2008 when AOL discontinued all web sites. All the information and photos were saved. Special thanks to Mike Cyr of Jointed Rail for hosting this site for us Shawmut fans. If you’re a fan of train simulators, etc. or would like to watch alot of trains on the live webcams, check out Mike’s site at: www.jointedrail.com or www.virtualrailfan.com
Also, I can’t thank to all of you enough who have sent in info, photos, or just to say hi over the years! THAT is why this site exists today, because of you!