Some great links from CarterB...
I did manage to come up with some information from your last post by checking the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railway by Pietrak, Streamer and Van Brocklin.
From Chapter Six, "The Narrow Gauge Railroads":
"There were two major networks of narrow-gauge railroads in the oil fields: one, controlled by the Erie Railroad and comprised of the Bradford, Bordell & Kinzua, the Bradford, Eldred & Cuba, and the Tonawanda Valley & Cuba; the other dominated by the BNY&P and which included the Olean, Bradford & Warren, the Kendell & Eldred, the Bradford Railway and the Kinzua Railway. Another narrow-gauge line, the Allegany Central, although not owned by the BNY&P, was greatly influenced by that railroad."
The Olean, Bradford and Warren was completed between Olean and Bradford but financial backing for the planned Warren extension never came forth. However the line was extended, under two corporate titles as far east as Kinzua. More from the book:
"Nevertheless, the idea of a rail link from Bradford to Warren seemed sound, and so in December 1880 the backers for two narrow-gauge shortlines: the Bradford Railway, chartered on January 7th, 1881; and the Kinzua Railway, chartered on January 18th, 1881. The Bradford Railway was to run from Union Depot in Bradford a distance of 14.75 miles, to intersect with the Kinzua Railway at a point near Marshburg; the Kinzua Railway would run from this connection with the Bradford railway to Kinzua on the Allegheny River, a distance of 14.04 miles. The reason for having two seperate companies was a consequence of Pennsylvania law: a narrow gauge railroad of less than 15 miles required a stock subscription of only $2,000 per mile, wheras a line of more than 15 miles would require more than three times that amount per mile. These two narrow-gauge lines had the same officers and directors, many of whom also served on the boards of the OB&W, the K&E, and the BNY&P."
The book goes on to quote an article in a Bradford newspaper from April 10, 1896 stating that the line from Bradford to Marshburg was to be standard gauged, but then goes on to remark that the standard gauging never took place with the exception of some Bradford Railway trackage in Bradford proper that was relayed to serve an industry in Bradford.
Art Audley, AA3RT
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