A Bit of Trivia - Part I

January 1 marked a trivial, but never-the-less interesting date in the history of the Great Allegheny Passage.  

After the collape of the Jason "Jay" Gould finincial empire the Western Maryland Railway Company (WMdRwy) was formed January 1, 1910.  The new company was partially financed by John D. Rockefeller.

Two subsidiary companies, the George’s Creek & Cumberland Railroad Company of Maryland, and the Connellsville & State Line Railway Company in Pennsylvania were established.  In addition, an agreement was made with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Rail Road (P&LE)  to interchange traffic at Connellsville. The connection between the three companies created the corridor that would later constitute the route of the Great Allegheny Passage. 

Soon construction began on the last major link of the reconstituted Western Maryland Railway, the extension to Connellsville, PA.  Since most of the planning and survey of the route had been done during the Gould years it took only two years to complete the line to Connellsville and the first train ran on the Western Maryland in 1912.  

Of course, as we all enjoy, that route would become the Great Allegheny Passage, opening from Cumberland, MD to Connellsville, PA and beyond 90+ years later.  

paul g wiegman

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