Mt. Jewett and Smethport Railroad

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Mt. Jewett and Smethport Railroad

Postby duxmarinus » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:03 am

New member curious about this 1890s PA railroad.
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Re: Mt. Jewett and Smethport Railroad

Postby Aa3rt » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:23 pm

I don't know how this query ended up in the "Railroads in Books, Magazines, Music, TV and Movies and other Media" forum. It is being moved to the Pennsylvania Railfan Forum where it is more likely to be seen by someone who could provide a knowledgeable reply.
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Re: Mt. Jewett and Smethport Railroad

Postby pumpers » Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:51 pm

Here you go: http://www.smethporthistory.org/hazelhurst/railroad.htm
Too bad nice weather is coming. From the point of view that when the weather is cold and lousy, you can spend a few days on the Smethport history site. All sorts of fascinating stuff. JS
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Re: Mt. Jewett and Smethport Railroad

Postby pumpers » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:58 am

west of Hazel Hurst 2.jpg
Mt Jewett and Smethport switchback
I did a little poking around. If you look at modern aerial photos, there is a slightly-tilted L-shaped cleared right of way from Mt. Jewett down towards Hazel Hurst. Here is one map showing it: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=41.69949,-78 ... Hurst%20PA . I believe this to be the old R.O.W. of the Mt. Jewett and Smethport, more or less. I am not sure what it is now - perhaps a pipeline or for power lines.
I went on http://www.pennpilot.psu.edu, and looked at aerials photos from the 1937-42 era. At the corner of the "L" - where the mark is on the linked map - you can clearly see where the switchback was, even though the rails were lifted some 30 years before . Looking at the birds-eye view of maps.bing.com, http://binged.it/1iJIYkd you can still make out the switchback ROW if you know what you are looking for.
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