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  1.  We are located in West Pittsburg, PA and are dedicated to preserving the  rich history of railroading in our area. Our society is comprised of  railroad enthusiasts from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states as far  away as California.  Our organization began when an informal group of rail fans and railroad  employees started meeting in a public library and a supermarket's  community room in Beaver County. Today we are a full-fledged historical  society meeting in our own train station in Lawrence County. In addition  to the station, we own an interlocking tower, a watchman's shanty, an  N5c cabin car, a Bookville rail car, a superintendent's track car, N-8 Docs  Caboose, A 26a- B&D Caboose, and  many other historic railroad items. 

  •  The Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical Society is a non-profit  rail preservation organization situated in New Castle, Pa.  Formerly the  Beaver Valley chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, today  the Society is an independent organization dedicated to preserving  railroad history and items in Lawrence County and the western  Pennsylvania region. Major assets include a former Pittsburgh & Lake  Erie depot in West Pittsburgh and a former Baltimore & Ohio switch  tower now situated in Mahoningtown.  

West Pittsburg Station

  • The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad's West Pittsburg Station  was built by W.F Trimble & Sons at a cost of $32,544.54. Opened in  1907, the 32' x 85' sandstone block and brick building had a tile roof  with glass tile in the center that let light into the main waiting room.  The glass tiles were painted black during World War II to prevent the  station from being easily seen from the air at night. In addition to the  main waiting room (which was for men only), the interior included a  women's waiting room, men's and women's toilets, ticket office, baggage  room, storage closet, and a coal bin. 


  • Passenger service to the station ended in the early 1960s, thereby  rendering it obsolete. Shortly thereafter the P&LE sold the station  and approximately 4.5 acres of property to a West Pittsburg business  owner [who] used the building for storage and later rented it to another  business.  Today the station is the official home of the Beaver-Lawrence Railway  Historical Society. 

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beaver lawrence railway society inc

beaver lawrence railway society 805 9th street box 429 West Pittsburg, PA 16160 US

(724) 362-8800

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