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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:10 AM

Schoenville Shuttle, 1947

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 5:27 AM

Edward H. Lybarger

Tue, Nov 16, 7:31 PM (18 hours ago)
 
 
There was only one car on PRC Route 24 Schoenville, and it was 4344.  The line was disconnected from the rest of the system and when 24 was abandoned the car was scrapped in place.
 
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Posted by rcdrye on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:51 AM

There was a pit at one end of the line for motor maintenance.  The photo was taken at Nichols and Ohio St in Schoenville.  The thing across the track is a wheel stop as the line ends at the bottom border of the picture.

https://historicpittsburgh.org/islandora/object/pitt:401-4344-02-13 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:04 AM

Thanks.  More information from Ed:

 

Schoenville was a shuttle route beginning in August 1905 and ending May 24, 1952.  That it was labeled Route 24 did not mean it went Downtown.  Originally it connected with Routes 25 and 26 at the McKees Rocks line over a structure known as O’Donovan’s Bridge, but that viaduct had many structural issues and according to the company route card was closed to all traffic beginning January 26, 1920.  It reopened October 14, 1921 without rails or overhead wires.  The route was isolated until its abandonment, though PRC dragged cars across the P&LE RR tracks to get them on/off line on a couple occasions.

 

 

 

 


 

The 88 sign reads Frankstown (Short).  Originally Frankstown cars ran to Swissvale and Franklin in Wilkinsburg, with alternate “short” cars turning at Tioga Loop.  On November 30, 1928, the Wilkinsburg service was discontinued and the regular cars ran to Tioga Loop, with “short” cars turning back at Homewood Car House.   (from Ed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1255 is at Sewickley Loop  (from Ed)

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:14 AM

I visited the website rc posted.  Frank Fairbanks passed on about twelve years ago.  We kept up correspondence after my move to Israel.  He lived in a suburb near Pittsburgh.  He was one year ahead of me at MIT.  We did a lot of railfanning together.  We were members of MIT's Railroad Club, and poassibly he was in the Tech Model RR Club as well.

He also was in ROTC.

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:18 AM

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Schoenville Shuttle, 1947

 What is that thing he's carrying?  Upright vacuum for car-cleaning?  Golf bag with periscope for finding balls in water hazards?

 

 

 

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Posted by mvlandsw on Saturday, November 27, 2021 3:53 PM

Golf bag with umbrella?

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