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Brief Biographical / Historical Sketch


The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Company, often referred to as the P. S. & N. or the Shawmut Line, ran freight and passenger service between Pennsylvania and New York from 1899 to 1947. The primary business of this line was to transport coal from the Shawmut Mining Company mines in Pennsylvania to Buffalo, Rochester, and New York City. Between 1899 and 1903, the P. S. & N. underwent a costly conversion from narrow to standard gauge track; this project and the decline of the coal industry in the twentieth century led to financial problems for the company. In 1945, the company was sold to Harry W. Findley of Carnegie, Pennsylvania.