Cracking the Keystone:
The B&O Railroad from Connellsville to Pittsburgh
By: Nicholas Fry
1873: The B&O and the Steel City
An overview of Pittsburgh transportation and economy. Focus on the monopoly of the PRR on the town, the friction between the municipal government, the local community, the workers and the RR. Show how the PRR’s lack of understanding and good relations with the Pittsburgh community contributed to the riot and see if the riots helped break the PRR’s control on Pittsburgh’s rail commerce. Focus on Tom Scott vs. Mayor of Pittsburgh.
Cite complaints of steel companies. State the objective of the book: Show the history of the B&O’s line to Pittsburgh and it’s impact on RR commerce in the area and the B&O itself. How it enabled the B&O to reach Chicago and compete with the NYC and PRR for commerce between the upper Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard.
A history of Pittsburgh to 1873
Pittsburgh’s existing Railroads before the B&O entered
Pittsburgh vs. the PRR
Overview of the B&O’s attempts to reach Pittsburgh to date and how they were thwarted
Pittsburgh vs. Wheeling as the B&O’s Ohio River terminus
On the Brink
Plans for entry into Pittsburgh
The machinations used to get there.
Latrobe goes to run the P&C for the B&O
The quest for the P&C
The P&C RR
B&O’s acquisition of the P&C Charter
1864 revocation of P&C Charter
1868 reversal of act
Detailed summary of the route from Connellsville, PA to Pittsburgh, PA
Photos of construction and operations
Narrative history of operations from acquisition of branch to end of the B&O in 1987
Impact of changes in economy of area on the line.
How the line has fared today under CSX.
*This section will probably have the majority of the photographs of RR Ops and trains in the book.
B&O RR Museum
PA State RR Museum
NMAH-John Garrett Papers
MD Historical Society
PA State Archives
U Pitt Library
-Daniel Willard Papers-
-B&O Annual Reports-
-VP Ops Files-
-Eng. Dept. Files-
Library of Congress
James Mischke Collection
Stover’s B&O Railroad
Dilts’ The Great Road
Finish Introduction Draft: end of Q4 2006
Begin construction of the companion web site to blog my research and link to the on-line resources I’ve found: Q4 2006