2018 Annual Meeting
ANGELICA—The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society will be holding its annual meeting on Sunday, April 22, at 2PM. The meeting will be held in the main office building of the Allegany County Fairgrounds, 15 North Street, in the village of Angelica, NY. The business office building is located outside of the main gate, immediately on the left.  We will also have the museum and equipment open for the inspection.
The Annual Meeting is the business meeting for the society. We will have official reports given from our secretary, treasurer, webmaster, curator and chief engineer. All officer positions are up for re-election plus one of our rotating director positions is up for election. We will also have an open discussion regarding the museum, ideas for displays and the need for general upkeep of the building and equipment.
Shawmut Bridge East of
Friendship Still in Use
In 1902, when a very young Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern was reconstructing the former Allegany Central narrow-gauge line between Bolivar and Angelica into standard-gauge, it faced a challenge of crossing the main line of the Erie Railroad in Friendship. The Erie’s “River Line” cut-off wouldn’t open for eight more years, so what would become the “Old Main Line” at the time was very busy.
The prospects for the young Shawmut were equally bright. The old Allegany Central had crossed the Erie on a 1,600-foot wooden trestle, which would be an impractical crossing for two growing trunk lines.
The Shawmut’s Bridge No. 44.5 was constructed just west of Friendship. This bridge is still in place and being used today by the Western New York & Pennsylvania. The story in the March issue of the Cannonball details the trials and tribulations encountered when the Shawmut was abandoned in 1947. Who owned the bridge? Who was responsible for it? Did the PS&N Trustees need to tear it down with money it did have?
To read the full story on this bridge, join the PS&NRRHS. For $20 a year, you’ll receive five issues of the Cannonball. Join now and you’ll receive the March issue plus a year’s membership.
Our society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as a Museum and Educational Society.