Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  Meadville Erie Soft Cover

Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr Meadville Erie Soft Cover

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Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr Meadville Erie Soft Cover
 
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway By C L Siebert Jr  
Soft Cover
Copyright 1976
88 Pages
CONTENTS
ChapterPage
1. Meadville Traction Company1
2. Erie Traction Company12
3. Meadville and Cambridge Springs Street Railway Company19
4. Erie, Cambridge, Union & Corry Railway24
5. Meadville and Conneaut Lake Traction Company26
6. Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway - Northwestern Electric Service Company 30
7. Accidents44
8. Incidents52
9. The Carbarn Fires57
10. Cars63
11. Epilogue79
MapsInside front cover, 3, 13, 15, 25, 35
Time Tables81
It was fifty years ago that I first saw the Northwestern. Having spent my life up to that point in east central Pennsylvania, where "trolley car" meant a medium-sized Brill semi-convertible, the little Birney safety cars, with a latticework tower for the trolley to reach the wire, were strange indeed. Living a year at the end of the Baldwin Street line provided plenty of opportunity to watch the motorman walking the single trolley pole around on these little cars. When hand-braked old number 8 substituted for the regular car, the motorman got under way by kicking off the brake at the rear, and sauntering down the aisle to the front platform as the car rolled down the hill.
For the next two years we lived beside the interurban line to Erie, and the big red cars became one of my main interests. The motormen in pinstriped overalls and regulation blue caps were a new kind of trolleyman, and the interurbans that stood as high as railroad coaches were a new kind of trolley car. The handsomely ornamented style of the big wood 100's exhibited all of the carbuilder's art, and the steel 300's showed clean, uncluttered lines suggestive of their steam road origin, unknown to me then. To make matters better, my father's office downtown was across the street from the traction station and carbarn, and looked down on the streets where the interurbans turned on every trip.
Little wonder then that when I started building scale trolley models, over thirty-five years ago, it should be the Northwestern that I selected as a prototype. There were still car bodies at various locations between Meadville and Erie that could be photographed and measured. A page-by-page search for additional information in the issues of the Electric Railway Journal for the entire span of the road's existence whetted a historical appetite which led to a similar search through old issues of Meadville and Erie newspapers. The newspaper accounts, especially in the Meadville Tribune, were unbelievably detailed. Study of state Corporation Bureau records yielded many useful facts. Interviews with Fay Satterlee, E.O. Shryock, Harry McGinnis, Lee Vaughn and other former employees answered many questions. With all this material accumulated, a compulsion arose to record in some sort of order the life of the railway from beginning to end, and this story is the result.

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