RussNelson wrote:Speaking of Rochester, does anybody know anything about the Griegsville and Pearl Creek Railroad?
It's on this map, and it's in the Railroad History Database, but I can't find anything else about it. I think it may have been a paper railroad that somehow gained more existance than it deserved.
there is a WIKI about the railroad here:
Greigsville is where where the DL&W interchanged with the Genesee & Wyoming, north of Mount Morris.
This railroad, if it existed, would have run between Greigsville & Pearl Creek, over a ridge near Paines Corner.
A total distance of about 8 miles.
Here is a map of the area:
http://gold.mylargescale.com/Scottychao ... ville1.gif
Greigsville is on the DL&W and the G&W.
Pearl Creek is on the BR&P south of Leroy.
So a railroad connecting the two towns, and the three railroads, (BR&P, DL&W and G&W) might make sense in theory..
it doesnt really make sense, since all three railroads already interchange around Caledonia and Leroy...so a line between Greigsville and Pearl Creek doesnt make a lot of sense afterall. The "connection" the railroad would make would serve no purpose that isnt already served a few miles away.
If this railroad did exist, it probably ran along Pearl Creek (the actual creek) from the town of Pearl creek, then East through Paines Corner (over the ridge) then either along the creek/Old state Road to Tryons Corners, then to Greigsville.
or overland to Peoria, then Greigsville.
Looking at Aerial photos:
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.r43 ... gsville___
Old ROW's are clearly visable..the abandoned DL&W can be very clearly seen.
There is very little that looks like a ROW between Greigsville and Pearl Creek..although the ideal route for a railroad, if it did exist, is today roads and highways for much of the plausable route..so its possible roads were built over much of the ROW..which would explain why no railroad ROW is visable today..
although I think its likely most of these roads already existed by 1898.
I found two artifacts that could possibly be a ROW, and they are in the right place.
here, heading west directly west from the G&W/DL&W interchange:
and here, at Spragues corners:
neither is terribly convincing..
IMO an old ROW, especially from the early 20th century, would be a lot more visable..
The charter date for the G&PC, according to the WIKI, is 1/26/1898.
All the other area railroads already existed by that point.
So anoter question is...why was anyone even considering this railroad in the first place?? I dont see its purpose. perhaps just a late case of "railroad fever"...(every small town wanted its own railroad, even if it didnt make sense)
IMO, this railroad was never built..I think it was a paper-railroad only.
im not seeing any hard evidence..
(perhaps some grading was done? maybe.)
anyone else see anything?