The Erie Railroad, History and Published Articles

History of the Erie

News articles on the Erie Railroad gleaned largely from the pages of the weekly "Hancock Herald." The following compilation is from the "History of Lordville" being researched and compiled by Lordville, NY historian, Emily Homer and is reprinted with permission. Dates given are newspaper publication dates.
Hancock News Articles

News Articles on the Delaware and Jefferson Divisions, as pulled from historic newspapers by Jeff Hulse.
News Stories

One of the earliest and most famous of Erie's steam locomotives was the Orange. Learn more about this engine in the following article by Richard Palmer.
The Orange

Engines such as the Orange and later brethren were often tested locally prior to purchase, to see which manaufacturer's offerings best suited the operating environment of each railroad. Learn more about the engine trials of 1853 on the New York & Erie in the following article by Richard Palmer.
Locomotive Trials of 1853

What became known as the Erie evolved and grew from a collection of lines that were built gradually year by year. The following article by Richard Palmer charts the growth of the Erie in New York State.
The Erie in New York State

The coal lines of the Bradford Branch have a fascinating history. The following article, originally published in the Buffalo Courier in 1880 and transcribed by Richard Palmer, looks at the "remarkable" Bradford Branch.
The Bradford Branch

Once the Erie was built, it took constant investment to keep the right-of-way and rolling stock in top shape, a tough job for a railroad as short of cash as the Erie. The following article, originally published in the Western New Yorker in 1911 and transcribed by Richard Palmer, tells about the Erie's efforts to "plough in" their profits to improve the railroad.
Ploughing in Profits


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