Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign
Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign
Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign
Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign
Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign

Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign

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Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway Sign
 
Ghost Rails VI Harmony Route Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway
Abandoned Railroad Series Of The Ohio And Pennsylvania State Line
Signed Copy #397 Of 500
By Wayne A Cole
Hardcover 272 Pages

Page 4 Beaver Falls Extension Valley Harmony Route Overview
Page 27 PHB&NC Constructi Page 53 PHB&NC Freight Ye
Page 62 PHB&NC City of Pit Page 71 PHB&NC Pittsburgh
Page 123 PHB&NC Butler Di Page 143 Slippery Rock and
Page 146 PHB&NC New Cas Page 208 PHB&NC Ellwood Page 220 PHB&NC and Beav
Page 225 Beaver Valley Tract'
Page 257 PHB&NC Color Section
The 16 page colored post card collection, date circa 1908 to 1915, from the collections of: Charles Townsend, John Makar, Gary Moser, Jack Polaritz, Beaver Historical Society, and Wayne A. Cole
Builder of the Harmony Line
Russell Hurd Boggs, President of PHB&NC Railway, 1905 to 1919


Born in 1844 in the Evans City area, Mr. Boggs in the first 60 years of his life along with his boyhood friend Henry Buhl, established in 1869 the renowned dry good business Boggs and Buhl. In 1864 Boggs married his partner's sister, Marie Buhl. In the early years of the mercantile business Boggs was a traveling salesman in the counties north of Pittsburgh. In 1905 when the Harmony Line was being surveyed over these counties of where Boggs did business, it is believed, some key right of ways were secured by the influence of the Boggs name alone. Boggs, the senior partner in the Boggs and Buhl store, believed the expansion of transportation for rural and small town shoppers in Western Pennsylvania and in early 1900 his career made an "electric" turn, the development of the worlds highest powered trolley line: the Harmony Route.
In March, 1905, Boggs, now 61 years old, was elected President of the newly incorporated Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler, and New Castle Railway. The newly formed company was a amalgamation of smaller companies (formed earlier that had no operation but acquired some right of way that provided a plan for the future Harmony Route): Pittsburgh and Harmony Street Railway, Evans City Street Railway Company, Thorn Hill Railway Company (Cranberry area), Callery and Evans City Railway Company; Ellwood City and Hazelldell Company, Wayne Electric Railway Company (This company was probably not part of the amalgamation, as it was formed in 1913 as part of Harmony Electric.), Ellwood City Electric Railway Company, These were the early roots of the Harmony Line that Boggs would mastermind in a surprising short lived career change of 13 years.
By November of 1908 Boggs with the oversight of his able Superintendent Henry Etheridge of Zelie-nople had completed the line. From 1912 to 1915, Boggs completed the difficult construction and completion of the 6.3 mile Ellwood City Beaver Falls Extension. Note: in 1915 Boggs and Buhl repurchased their department store on Federal Street on the North Side.
In May and June of 1917, Harmony Route President Boggs expanded his electric empire, purchasing 36 miles of the financially strapped Pittsburgh and Butler Short Line for $670,250 at a trustees sale in Pittsburgh. The line was later renamed the Pittsburgh, Mars, and Butler Railway. But for Boggs, the now 110 miles of track and his Presidency were near an end. The electric railway that he had masterminded and that served his well known store was sold in 1919 to an young aspiring transportation and electric power attorney, David I. B. McCahill of Pittsburgh.
To some, the loss of the Boggs Presidency was the beginning of the end of the Harmony Route. His wife Marie died in May of 1919. One can only speculate on the toughness of the losses. He married a younger woman a short time afterwards, and was weakened by illness in a tour of Europe and almost immediately afterwards, still ill, suffered a severe injury in a fall in California. Two weeks after the injury, Boggs died July 9, 1922 in his Sewickley home he called "Hohenberg"; he was 78 years old. He was survived by his daughter and son-in-law who was the former President of the Pittsburgh and Butler Short Line. Boggs remained a Director of the PHB&NC until his death.

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