Small Towns With Lots of Railroads

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Small Towns With Lots of Railroads
Posted by Backshop on Sunday, October 2, 2022 5:01 PM

I've always been fascinated by smaller towns that were thriving railroad towns.  Not so much those that had one railroad on a large scale, but those that had multiple railroads.  Here are three that I can think of--1. Connellsville, PA.  At one time it had B&O, WM, PRR, P&WV and P&LE.  2. Maybrook, NY--NH, Erie, L&HR, NYO&W, NYC and L&NE. The third is quite a bit smaller but still interesting.  White River Junction, VT--It served B&M, CV and CP. I know some of the railroads only reached these towns through trackage rights.  

Can anyone add any more to the list?

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Posted by rcdrye on Sunday, October 2, 2022 5:24 PM

White River Jct VT was served by the B&M, CV and Woodstock Ry.  CP trains became B&M trains at Wells River, 35 miles north of White River Jct.  CP and B&M had various power pool arrangements which resulted in CP power being handled at B&M's Westboro roundhouse across the Connecticut River in West Lebanon, NH.

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St. Johnsbury VT with MEC, CP And St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County. Wells River VT with B&M, CP and Montpelier & Wells River. Claremont NH with B&M, CV and Claremont & Concord.  Charlestown NH with B&M, CV and Springfield Terminal.  Bellows Falls VT, with B&M, CV and Rutland.  Brattleboro VT had B&M, CV and West River RR.

The line between White River Jct VT and East Northfield MA was jointly operated by B&M and CV.  CV owned between WRJ and Windsor, B&M between Windsor and Brattleboro. 

B&M and CV each had a line between Brattleboro and E. Northfield MA. B&M's  was on the east side of the Connecticut in NH. The lines were operated as paired track, CV north, B&M south, until B&M's bridge abutment at E. Northfield failed in 1969.  Lines operated under B&M dispatcher and rules except for CV between Brattleboro and E. Northfield.

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Posted by pennytrains on Sunday, October 2, 2022 5:52 PM

Chicago was quite small ahead of the 1869 completion of the first transcon.  Without the railroads interchanging there, it very well could still be a small town.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, October 2, 2022 9:34 PM

Silver Bow, MT. Had NP, MILW, BA&P, and UP. 

Grand Junction, ID had NP, MILW and SI.

Buena Vista, CO had D&RGW, CM, and C&S.  At the turn of the century CM was std gauge, C&S was narrow gauge, and D&RGW was 3-rail.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, October 2, 2022 11:37 PM

Jackson, Tennessee

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Posted by greyhounds on Monday, October 3, 2022 3:10 AM

Pekin, IL.  C&IM, Peoria & Pekin Union, IC, NYC (Peoria & Eastern), GM&O, Santa Fe, Rock Island (With a bridge over the Illinois River.)    

C&NW, Illinois Terminal and TP&W got close.

C&IM, IC and NYC ran over P&PU double track between Pekin and the P&PU yard in E. Peoria.  

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Posted by rcdrye on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:56 AM

White River Jct VT still has New England Central, Pan Am Southern and Washington County (Vermont Rail System) replacing  Central Vermont (plus B&M in Westboro), B&M (Conn River south) and B&M (Conn River North) in historic terms, while Amtrak's Vermonter understudies for the Ambassador.

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Posted by mvlandsw on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:40 PM

   New Castle, Pa.   

B&O, PRR, P&LE, ERIE, Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle, Mahoning & Shenango Railway interurbans.


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