From: "Ronald" rdukarm AT roadrunner DOT com
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:20:28 -0500
Subject: Re: (erielack) Erie's "Narrow Gauge" Trains
"Cannon_on_Wreck_Trains.jpg" - image/jpeg, 893x420 (256c)
> What we call standard gauge, 4'8 1/2", which Erie men viewed as "narrow
> gauge" at the time. Three years later the true "Erie Narrow Gauge System"
> (as it was briefly stylized) of the TV&C, BB&K, and BE&C came into being
> as did the Chicago & Atlantic. The TV&C-BB&K-BE&C were each 3' gauge
> railroads as was, briefly, a short portion of the C&A.
Mike and List,
The Erie's involvement in the oil boom of the early 1880's is an interesting
story which needs to be told. Unfortuneately, photographs are very difficult
to come by.
One item that I ran across years ago that fascinated me was the newspaper
reference to the Erie mounting cannons on their wreck trains to deal with
the dangerous conditions encountered on narrow guage wrecks. I included it
in my wreck book, but here is a copy for those of you who may have missed