French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society


Beginning in the mid 1800s, many railroad companies operated in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. The more notable ones include the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad (A&GW), the Erie Railroad (ERIE), the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (B&LE), the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL), the Penn Central Railroad (PC), Conrail (CR), the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad (WNYP), and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). Traction (trolley) systems were also in operation for a time. We are committed to preserving the rich railroad history of northwestern Pennsylvania. Because the railroad industry was such a huge influence on our community, we believe its story should be preserved for future generations.

French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society

fcvrhs_state The French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society is based in Meadville, Pennsylvania, an important railroad town along the mainline of the former Erie and later Erie Lackawanna Railroad. The historical society maintains a small display track in Meadville, adjacent to the current mainline of the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad. Future plans include the production of a library of video recordings of interviews of former railroad employees and the construction of a museum fashioned after the Erie Railroad passenger station in Meadville.

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Motive Power

Erie Railroad #518

  • builder:American Locomotive Company
  • model:S-2
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Oct 1948, Alco #76188
  • series:1376 produced 1940-50
  • engine:Alco 539 (6 cyls. 1000 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Erie, later Erie Lackawanna #518
    to Cleveland Electric Illuminating #518
    to Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson #518
    to French Creek Valley RHS display
  • builder
    See also our photos of #518 in our Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson shortline collection

    Rolling Stock


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    This page was updated on 2016-05-23