Beloved Shawmut Line Author PassesIt was a sad day on November 25th, 2015 when we learned that Paul V. Pietrzak of Hamburg, NY passed away at the age of 80. (The spelling of his name on his books is Pietrak). He was the author of several books including the book we all consider our bible for the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society. Paul was a prolific writer, having produced five books covering the Western New York and North Central Pennsylvania region. Through his books, he touched many of us in both personal and profound ways.
PIETRZAK—Paul V. of Hamburg, entered into rest September 25, 2015, beloved husband of the late Mary C. (nee O'Neill) and companion of Mary Anne Neary; devoted father of Jean (Tom) Krencik, Vincent (Jeanne) Pietrzak, Ann (Kevin) Redanz and Thomas (Wendy) Pietrzak; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Scott, Ryan, Claire, Anna, Caitlin, Elizabeth, Katherine and Emma; adored great-grandfather of Jaylin and Colton; dear brother of Carl (Marcia) Pietrzak and Peter (Marilyn) Pietrzak; also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Roswell Park or Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at the Lombardo Funeral Home.
Bolivar Depot PreservedPIONEER OIL MUSEUM CLOSES on DONATION of Building—To be added to Museum’s Complex
BOLIVAR—October 9. The Pioneer Oil Museum, dedicated to the preservation of and education about the production of Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil in the Allegany Field, announced today that they have completed the donation process of the former PS&N Depot, located on Boss Street in the village.
With the demise of the Shawmut in 1947, the depot has since served as a storage and repair site for a short list of Bolivar oilfield contractors. With the end of the oil contractor era, the last occupant thoroughly emptied the old depot and commenced the process of donating the building as an annex to the Pioneer Oil Museum's adjoining Hahn & Schaffner complex.
Above—The Bolivar Depot taken in the summer of 2015. View is looking northwest, showing the south and east sides of the building. The Shawmut main line and passing siding were on the far side of the building from this perspective.
Above—All of the original wainscoting still exists in the depot interior and even extends to the ceiling. This is quite an asset with which to start a restoration project.
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2015 Allegany County FairOn Thursday, July 16, during our society's open house as part of the Allegany County Fair, we were honored to be visited by NYS Senator Catherine Young. Senator Young's present day district covers the territory once served by the Shawmut Line.
Above—Senator Young visits with John Muchler (left) and Ken Clark (center) in the freight room of museum's recreated station.
Above—(left to right) John Muchler, Senator Young, Ken Clark, Bob Sanders and Joe Leo on the platform of Bobber Caboose 175.