Summary Information
Title: Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway Company (Pittsburgh, Pa) Photographs,
Collection Number: PSS#28
Creator: Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway Company (Pittsburgh, Pa)
Collection Dates: 1903-1924
Extent: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:
The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway Company had a major presence in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh’s North Side). The railroad facilities included a station at Federal Street, an engine house, a power house and other auxiliary structures. This collection of photographs documents the construction and expansion of the railroad facilities in Allegheny and the neighborhood of Manchester during the early 20th century. The photographs in this collection have been digitized and are accessible at http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/pfwcrr.html.

Language:

The material in this collection is in English.

Repository:

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@hswp.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Date Published:

September 2009
Author:

The guide to this collection was written by Justin Charles Hite.
Encoder:

Encoded by Matt Strauss on September 25th, 2009, from an existing finding aid.

History

The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway Company formed in 1856 as a consolidation of the Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad, the Ohio and Indiana Railroad, and the Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad. Over the span of three years, it made several expansions, primarily throughout Illinois. However, due to financial problems the company went bankrupt. It was reorganized on February 26, 1862, and renamed the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway. The new railway leased lines throughout the Beaver Valley, in Pennsylvania and in the Mahoning Valley in Ohio. It also included routes throughout Ashtabula, Ohio, and Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1869 the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) took over operation of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago. PRR retained control until 1871 when the line was transferred to the Pennsylvania Company. The Pennsylvania Company returned the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago line to PRR January 1, 1918. They retained control until 1968, when Penn Central bought out the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

July 14, 1973, the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago filed for bankruptcy and was bought out by Conrail three years later. After the breakup of Conrail in 1998, the line was divided at Crestline, Ohio. The eastern half was bought by Norfolk Southern, and the western half was bought by CSX. The line is currently operated in limited capacity by several companies including RailAmerica, CSX, and Norfolk Southern.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection has been divided into three series. These represent work done by different unidentified photographers of the railroad’s construction projects surrounding the Federal Street Station in former Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, now Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Series I is a group of glossy photographs taken between February and November 1903. They show the construction of the bridge over Lacock Street in Allegheny City. The photos are dated, but no description has been provided by the photographer. The photographs have particular value because of some of the peripheral images captured. These include back views of the Home for the Friendless and the C.G. Hussy Mansion, which were located in the 4th Ward, north of the bridge.

Series II represents the work of a separate photographer who took pictures of construction of the Federal Street Station between 1905 and 1907. They are matte finish. The photographs are numbered and dated. They also contain some descriptive information provided by the photographer. Details such as the time, directional view, and place where the photograph was taken were included on each image. Any descriptive information that appears on the original image is included in parentheses on the container list.

Series III appears to represent work by the same photographer who created the images in Series II. It contains pictures of additions and renovations to the Federal Street Station that occurred in 1917, 1919, and 1924. The series contains matte and glossy photographs. They are numbered, dated, and described by the photographer in the same style and manner as the photographs in Series II.

It is apparent from holes punched on the photographs that they were originally part of a binder/album. At an earlier time, they were separated from the binder, reorganized, and placed in the History Center’s topically arranged “General Photograph Collection.” The current arrangement represents an attempt to restore the images to their original order.

The photographs in this collection have been digitized and are accessible at http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/pfwcrr.html.


Controlled Access Terms
Corporate Names
  • Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway Company
Topics
  • Bridges--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh--Design and construction
  • Railroads--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
  • Buildings--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh--Design and construction
  • Workers--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
  • Passenger Stations--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
Locations
  • Allegheny City (Pa.)
Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No Restrictions.

Aquisition Information:

At the time of processing no acquisition information has been found for this photographic material. The photographs were at one time included in the “General Photograph Collection.”

Preferred Citation:

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway Company (Pittsburgh, Pa) Photographs, 1903-1924 , PSS# 28, Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Justin Charles Hite in November 2008.

Copyright:

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Related Material:
Researchers may wish to consult the following related materials, located in the Heinz History Center’s library:

Taber III, Thomas T. Railroads of Pennsylvania Encyclopedia and Atlas , 1987, call number fTF9 F4 T113.


Contents List
Series I Bridge Construction over Lacock Street, 4th Ward Allegheny City, Pennsylvania , 1903

Box 1
folder 1 February 1903 to March 1903 [12 images]
folder 2 April 1903 to May 1903 [12 images]
folder 3 June 1903 to July 1903 [10 images]
folder 4 August 1903 to September 1903 [8 images]
folder 5 October 1903 to November 1903 [9 images]
Series II Construction of Federal Street Station and Allegheny Shops, Wards 1 and 2, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 1905-1907
folder 6 May 1905 - June 1905 [25 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • Federal Street Station
  • “No. 1621, Allegheny Shops-East Engine House”
  • “No. 1676, New Station at Federal St.-View North-Stockton Ave. from cor. of Arch.”
  • No. 1677, New Station at Federal St.-View South-Stockton Ave. from cor. of Arch
  • Stockton Avenue
  • “No. 1680, Allegheny Shops-East End Engine House”
  • “No. 1681, Allegheny Shops-Power House Foundation”
  • “No. 1685, Federal St. Station-N. View-Retaining Walls-Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1687, Allegheny Shops-View S. West-Site of Brass Foundry”
  • “No. 1688, Allegheny Shops-N.W. View-Site of Brass Foundry”
  • “No. 1689, Allegheny Shops-West View-Power House Foundation”
  • “No. 1695, Allegheny Shops-View East-Site of New Engine House”
  • “No. 1694A, View South-Along Stockton Ave. from Federal St.”
  • “No. 1695, View North-Along Stockton Ave. from Arch St.”
  • “No. 1702, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 1703, Allegheny Shops-View Southwest-Site of New Engine House”
  • “No. 1708, Allegheny Shops-General View West”
  • “No. 1709, View South-Along Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1721, Allegheny Shops-General View West”
  • “No. 1724, View South-Along Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1725, View N. West-Along Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1732, Allegheny Shops-View West, Power House”
  • “No. 1733, Allegheny Shops-General View South West”
  • “No. 1734, Allegheny Shops-General View West”

folder 7 July 1905 [30 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No.1752, View South-Stockton Avenue”
  • “No. 1753, View North-Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall”
  • “No. 1754, View North-Stockton Ave. from cor. of Arch Street”
  • “No. 1763, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 1764, Allegheny Shops-General View-South West”
  • “No. 1765, Allegheny Shops-General View-West”
  • “No. 1780, View South-Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall”
  • “No. 1781, View North-Stockton Ave.”
  • Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall
  • “No. 1794, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 1795, Allegheny Shops-General View South West”
  • “No. 1797, View North-Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1798, Demolition of Old Retaining Wall along Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1799, Allegheny Shops-View South West-Extension of Transfer Wall”
  • “No. 1809, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 1810, Allegheny Shops-General View South West”
  • “No. 1811, Allegheny Shops-General View West”
  • “No. 1830, Federal St. Station- Demolition of Car Inspector’s Bldg.”
  • “No. 1831, View North-Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall”
  • “No. 1832, View North-Stockton Ave. From cor. of Sherman Ave.”
  • “No. 1846, Allegheny Shops-View West, Power House”
  • “No. 1847, Allegheny Shops-General View South West”
  • “No. 1848, Allegheny Shops-General View West”
  • “No. 1865, Stockton Ave.” *More notes, very difficult to read
  • “No. 1866, Demolition of Retaining Wall On-Line with Sherman Ave.”
  • “No. 1873, Allegheny Shops-General View West”
  • “No. 1874, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 1875, Allegheny Shops-General View-South West”
  • “No. 1876, Allegheny Shops-Extension to Turntable Pit”
  • “No. 1877, Allegheny Shops-Foundation of Oil House”

folder 8 August 1905 [20 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 1917, View South-Stockton Ave. Temporary Pass Station”
  • “No. 1918, View North-Retaining Wall Along Stockton Ave. from Cor. Of Arch.”
  • “No. 1919, Allegheny Track Depression-View North-From Marion Ave. Interlocking Tower”
  • “No. 1927, General View West”
  • “No. 1929, General View South West”
  • “No. 1930, West View-Power House”
  • “No. 1938, Demolition of Pass. Station Building at Federal St.”
  • “No. 1939, View South-Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 1940, View North-Stockton Ave. from Point Midway between Sherman and Arch”
  • “No. 1941, View North-Stockton Ave. from Retaining Wall from Roof of Boxcar near Interlocking Tower”
  • “No. 1948, Allegheny Shops-General View West”
  • “No. 1949, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 1950, Allegheny Shops-General View East”
  • “No. 1951, Allegheny Shops Oil House”
  • “No. 1976, Federal St. Station-Demolition of Old Building”
  • “No. 1977, Federal St. Station-Temporary Building, Stockton Ave. Approach”
  • “No. 1978, Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall from Near Sherman Ave.”
  • “No. 1979, Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall from No. 4 Track”
  • “No. 1986, Allegheny Shops-Engine House-View North from Penn’a Ave. Bridge”
  • “No. 1991, Allegheny Shops View West-Power House”

folder 9 September 1905 [17 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 2033, Demolition of Old Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 2034, Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall”
  • “No. 2042, Allegheny Shops-Coaling Machine by Ash Pit”
  • “No. 2048, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2049, Allegheny Shops-General View”
  • “No. 2050, Allegheny Shops-Oil House”
  • “No. 2051, View of Temporary Station Building”
  • “No. 2052, Retaining Wall along Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 2063, Allegheny Shops-Oil House”
  • “No. 2064, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2081, Site of New Pass. Station Bldg-Federal Street”
  • “No. 2082, Stockton Ave. Retaining Wall from Federal Street”
  • “No. 2094, Allegheny Shops-View West-Power House”
  • “No. 2095, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”
  • “No. 2097, Federal St. Station-Site of New Station Building”
  • “No. 2110, Allegheny Shops-View West-Engine House”
  • “No. 2111, Allegheny Shops-View East-New Engine House”

folder 10 October 1905 [8 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 2131, Federal St. Station-Site of New Station Building”
  • “No. 2143, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2144, Allegheny Shops-View West-Engine House”
  • “No. 2145, Allegheny Shops-View East-Engine House”
  • “No. 2152, Federal St. Station-Site of New Pass. Bldg.”
  • “No. 2166, Allegheny Shops-View West-New Engine House”
  • “No. 2167, Federal St. Station-Site of New Building”
  • “No. 2175, Federal Street Station-Site of New Building”

folder 11 November 1905 [11 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 2202, Federal St. Station-Site of New Building”
  • “No. 2206, Allegheny Shops-View West-Near Brass Foundry”
  • “No. 2214, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”
  • “No. 2227, Federal Street Station-Site of New Building”
  • “No. 2227a, Federal Street Station-Site of New Building-Looking South”
  • “No. 2236, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2237, Allegheny Shops-Turntable Pit-Incoming Track and New Coaling Machine”
  • “No. 2238, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”
  • “No. 2239, Allegheny Shops-New Coaling Machine”
  • “No. 2251, Federal Street Station-Site of New Building”
  • “No. 2259, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”

folder 12 December 1905 to March 1906 [20 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 2261, Federal Street Station-Site of New Building”
  • “No. 2269, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”
  • “No. 2270, Federal Street Station-Site of New Building”
  • “No. 2271, Federal St. Station-Excavation for Foundation of Tower”
  • “No. 2272, Federal St. Station-Excavation for Foundation of Tower”
  • “No. 2300, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2301, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2312, Allegheny Shops, New Engine House”
  • “No. 2313, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2314, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2341, New Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 2342, New Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 2355, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”
  • “No. 2356, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2357, Allegheny Shops-New Coaling Machine”
  • “No. 2382, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2383, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2412, New Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2427, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2444, New Federal St. Station”

folder 13 April 1906 to May 1906 [16 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 2474, New Federal Street Station-View from Federal St. Bridge”
  • “No. 2475, New Federal Street Station-View from Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 2489, Federal Street Station-from Federal St. Bridge”
  • “No. 2490, Federal Street Station-from Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 2508, Allegheny Shops-Power House”
  • “No. 2528, Federal Street Station-from Federal St. Bridge”
  • “No. 2529, Federal Street Station-from Stockton Ave. Park”
  • “No. 2548, Federal Street Station-from Federal St. Bridge”
  • “No. 2549, Federal Street Station-from Stockton Ave. Park”
  • “No. 2561, Allegheny Shops-Showing Gasoline Storage Building, Sand house, & Oil House”
  • “No. 2562, Allegheny Shops-Retaining Wall along Erecting Shop”
  • “No. 2585, Federal Street Station-from Stockton Ave. Park”
  • “No. 2586, Federal Street Station-from Federal St. Bridge”
  • “No. 2619, Federal Street Station-from Federal St. Bridge”
  • “No. 2630, Federal Street Station-from Cor. of Stockton Ave”
  • “No. 2634, Federal Street Station-View from Elevated Tracks”

folder 14 June 1906 to December 1906 [17 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 2665, Federal Street Station-View from Elevated Tracks”
  • “No. 2693, Federal Street Station-View from Elevated Tracks”
  • “No. 2781, Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2833, Federal Street Station-View from Elevated Tracks”
  • “No. 2834, Federal Street Station-View from Stockton Ave.”
  • “No. 2889, Federal Street Station”
  • “No. 2904, Allegheny Shops-Oil House, Gasoline House, Etc”
  • “No. 2963, Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 2964, Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 3005, Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 3006, Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 3007, Federal St. Station”
  • “No. 3011, Allegheny Shops Coaling Machine from Engine House”
  • “No. 3012, Allegheny Shops-New Engine House”
  • “No. 3288, View of Federal St. Station from East”
  • “No. 3289, Federal St. Station-Allegheny View of Express Building”

folder 15 February 1907 to September 1907 [17 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 3339” Federal Street Station
  • “No. 3340” Federal Street Station
  • - “No. 3395” Interior of Federal Street Station Construction
  • “No. 3478” Federal Street Station
  • “No. 3481, Federal Street Station-Allegheny, PA-View from Tracks”
  • “No. 3482, Federal St. Station-Allegheny, PA-View from South East”
  • “No. 3542, Federal St. Station-Allegheny, PA-View from North East”
  • “No. 3543, Federal St. Station-Allegheny, PA-View from South East”
  • “No. 3592” Federal Street Station
  • “No. 3593” Interior of Federal Street Station
  • Interior of Federal Street Station – Unfinished
  • “No. 3777” Interior of Federal Street Station-Benches
  • Interior of Federal Street Station-Benches-Opposite view of No. 3777
  • “No. 3898” Interior of Federal Street Station
  • “No. 3899” Interior of Federal Street Station-Opposite view of No.3898
  • Interior view of Federal Street Station

Series III Expansion Construction, 1917-1924
folder 16 1917 [1 image]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 10040, Allegheny Shops-Addition to Brass Foundry”

folder 17 1919 [7 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 11043, Ally Shops-V.S.E. of Shelter House”
  • “No. 11044, Ally Shops-V.E. Interior of Shelter Hse.”
  • “No. 11045, Ally Shops-V.N.E. of Shelter House”
  • “No. 11048, Ally Shops-V.N.E. of Shelter House”
  • “No. 11048, Ally Shops-V.N.E. of Shelter House”
  • “No. 11127, Allegheny Shops-V.S.E. of Shelter House”
  • “No. 11128, Allegheny Shops-V.S.E. of Garage”

folder 18 1924 [8 images]
Scope and Content Notes:

  • “No. 15869, Federal St. Station-Concourse Interior”
  • “No. 15870, Federal St. Station-Interior of Concourse”
  • “No. 15871, Federal St. Station-V.S.E. on Federal St. at Bridge”
  • “No. 15872, Federal St. Station-V.S.E. on Federal St.”
  • “No. 15873, Federal St. Station-V.E. at Federal St.”
  • “No. 15874, Federal St. Station-V.W. of W.B. Platform”
  • “No. 15875, Federal St. Station-V.W. to Federal St.”
  • “No. 15876, Federal St. Station-V.E. under Federal St.”