GHOST RAILS VOLUME VIII: THE NORTHERN SUB. 2011 by Wayne A. Cole. The eighth volume in this series takes the reader on a fascinating ride along the ghost-tracks from Butler and Forest counties to McKean County. It is a first-time history of 174-miles of the B&O Railroad Northern Sub from Callery Junction to Mt. Jewett--covering the early Pittsburgh & Western narrow gauge era through the B&O era; and then from 1982-2010, the Knox and Kane era and its predecessor railroads (Gettysburg, Penn View Mountain, B&I, and JKWI). The Knox and Kane RR attracted tens of thousands of people in its day. A section of this railroad is operated today by the Buffalo and Pittsburgh RR and is covered lightly to connect the abandoned (ghost) pieces. Included are local towns (with Chicora, Pa.) and the infamous Bruin Lagoon.
The book covers the history of three famous bridges: Foxburg Bridge torn down in 2008, the Clarion River Bridge, and the Erie Railroad's Kinzua Bridge, once the world’s highest railroad bridge. Perhaps most important is at least 35 pages devoted to Foxburg Bridge; Foxburg, a railroad town; and the Foxburg switchback, the last one east of the Mississippi River. And on the opposite end of the railroad, this book covers the complete history of Mt. Jewett, one of the few towns in America to have eight railroads.
The book introduces the little known B&O "Tunnel Hill route" Callery to Ribold--this was the beginning of the B&O in Butler County, Pa., which opened in 1882 and was abandoned in 1939.
Anyone interested in Butler County railroad history should find this book especially engaging.
Over 600 photos, glossy paper.
312 pages, 8.5 x 11 hardcover