Lake Erie Railroad
September 5, 2013
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September 5, 2013 - The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society is happy to announce the latest in our series of "Project Car" offerings. The fifth car in the series is based on the car type that we have received multiple requests to reproduce - P&LE 70 ton triple hoppers in HO Scale!
The 3000-3999 series of hopper cars were built by the Greenville
Steel Car Co. in 1948
Four different road numbers will be produced by Accurail with
All proceeds will be used to preserve the history of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad.
August 12, 2013 - Update! We are officially sold out of the fourth "Project Car"! Thank you to everyone who helped make this project car a success!
Cars will be produced by Accurail decorated in appropriate Penn Central "Deep Water Green" paint with graphics approved by the P&LE Historical Society. One car is "Return Empty to Youngstown, Ohio" and the other is "Return Empty to McKees Rocks, Penn." Price is $40.00 for the set of two cars + $8.00 Shipping & Handling via USPS Priority Mail.
Delivery is expected in June, 2013, pre-orders are being accepted
July 24, 2013
This issue is devoted entirely to The Lake Erie and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. The 8.5 mile line served numerous industries and steel mills along the banks of the Mahoning River. Constructed to carry rail traffic on an elevated grade from the P&LE's yards in Struthers to an interchange with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Girard, the railroad crossed the Mahoning River numerous times on spectacular bridges, viaducts and fills that were designed to carry the heaviest of freight traffic. The LE&E's right of way left a lasting impression on the Youngstown skyline long after the last train rumbled across "Crossing Number 1", the longest structure on the LE&E at 1,926 feet!
Jack Yarbrough's third installment of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroad in Youngstown, Ohio focuses solely on the Lake Erie and Eastern Railroad. Jack starts of the issue with a brief history of the LE&E and how his research uncovered ambitious plans for the LE&E's grandparent, the New York Central Railroad, and how that grandparent influenced the LE&E's construction. What follows is a detailed description of the right of way with detailed descriptions, diagrams and photos of the LE&E's key engineering projects. Descriptions and photos of the railroads motive power and rolling stock are also provided by Jack. Finally Jack also gives us a glimpse at the amount of traffic that moved over this short but busy railroad and the a list of the local industries and steel mills that it served. The final pages of this issue are the complete track diagrams of the Lake Erie & Eastern.
We hope you enjoy this issue of The Little Giant.