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B. P. & R.

Postby pmirl » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:10 am

Hi all! I recently found out my great-grandfather, John Lindsay, worked for the B. P. & R. from 1899 to 1932 when it went out of business, then worked on the B & O until his retirement as an engineer in 1937. Does anyone know where I may get information on what type of trains he was the engineer on? He was out of the Dubois, Pennsylvania area. I did find a partial scrapbook with these two newspaper photos in it.

Thanks,

Paul
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Re: B. P. & R.

Postby scottychaos » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:58 am

Paul,
the BR&P was the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway.
it connected its three namesake cities..this page has a system map:

http://www.r2parks.net/BR&P.html

It was the BR&P, not the BP&R. ;)

The part about it being taken over by the B&O in 1932 is correct, however your two photos have nothing to do with the BR&P.
the first one is a PRR T1, and the second is a New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara. both completely unrelated to the BR&P.

I have been working on a BR&P locomotive roster, but its not on-line yet.
BR&P had some interesting modern steam..they had 4-4-2's and 4-6-2's for passenger service,
and they were well known for their 2-8-8-2 Mallets, which they used to haul heavy coal trains.
here is another page with some info:

http://www.american-rails.com/buffalo-r ... ilway.html

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Re: B. P. & R.

Postby pmirl » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:01 pm

Thanks Scot.

This is all new to me and finding out a bit about him has sparked my interest.
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Re: B. P. & R.

Postby TB Diamond » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:34 pm

The late Paul Pietrak authored an excellent book on the BR&P entitled BUFFALO ROCHESTER & PITTSBURGH RAILWAY (1979).

Copies appear for sale on eBay from time to time and the book can also be found on such sites as Amazon.
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Re: B. P. & R.

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:38 pm

The photos of a PRR T1 and a NYC Niagara suggest that maybe he was something of a railfan as well as an engineer, with interests extending beyond his own railroad.
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