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Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company maps and papers

Identifier: AC-292

Scope and Contents

This collection contains legal documents (briefs, exhibits, correspondence) concerning a proposed railroad line extension known as the Connellsville Extension by Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company in 1927.


  • 1850-1942, undated


All materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Historical Note

The Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company organized under the laws of Pennsylvania and West Virginia as a merger of the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company of West Virginia in 1916. The Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company is the successor of Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway Company in 1916. The Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway Company, which has 59 miles of rail, was created from a merger of the 1) Pittsburgh, Carnegie and Western Railroad Company, which was formed in 1868 as the Pittsburgh and Mansfield Railroad Company, 2) Cross Creek Railroad Company of West Virginia, which was constructed in 1901 to 1904, and 3) Pittsburgh, Toledo and Western Railroad Company.

In October 1899, the Pittsburgh State Line Railway was created from the Pittsburgh, Canonsburg and State Line Railroad, which was organized in October 14, 1889. It was subsequently succeeded by the Pittsburg, Akron, and Western Railroad Comapny in September 1904. As of 1942, this line was a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company.

The West Side Belt Railroad Company was a single-track, standard-gage, steam railroad, situated within the State of Pennsylvania, extending from West End, Pittsburgh, to Clairton, with a branch from south of West End, Pittsburg, to Banksville for 48 miles. It merged with the Little Saw Mill Run Railroad Company, which was created in 1850, in 1897 and Bruce and Clairton Railroad Company in 1902.

Many of the documents pertain to the 1927 petitions for a Connellsville Extension, which ran from Cochran's Mill to Connellsville in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Railways, such as New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Company, petitioned to the government to deny the construction of this extension.

Missing Title

  1. Pittsburg and West Virginia Railway Company


2.25 Linear Feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)


The Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company Maps and Papers collection contains blue prints, legal papers, and Interstate Commerce Commission documents about the construction of the Connellsville extension of its line of railroad.


This collection is divided into three series: Series I: Briefs and Reports, Series II: Correspondence, and Series III: Maps. Within each folder the items are arranged chronologically.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased parts of this collection from Bookworm and Silverfish in September 2002. Three accessions were combined to form this collection: AC.2003.015, AC.2002.12.1, and AC.2006.030.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006; Reprocessed after combining three accessions by Anita Elliott, December 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.292: Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway Company Maps and Papers, 1850-1942, undated
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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