Aside from its Pennsylvania coal fields the BR&P also operated a car ferry service between Charlotte and Cobourg, Ontario.
The service was operated along with the Grand Trunk Railway at Cobourg
and lasted between 1907 and 1950, when it was discontinued. After less
than 45 years of service the BR&P lost its independence forever
when it formally became part of the B&O's vast system in 1932.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, commonly known as the
B&O, holds the distinction of being this country’s very first
common-carrier railroad (meaning a railroad chartered specifically for
public use) being officially incorporated and organized on April 24th,
1827. – Just as a side-note the B&O was not the first railroad
actually chartered in this country, that distinction goes to the Mohawk
& Hudson Railroad which was created a year earlier in 1826. – By
being this country’s first common carrier the railroad was instrumental
in helping to build and grow not only our economy but also the country
itself when the “west” meant the Ohio River.
As one might expect because of this early merger the BR&P
never operated any diesel locomotives. However, it did have quite a
collection of steam locomotives ranging from 4-6-2 Pacifics and 2-8-2
Mikados to massive 2-6-6-2 and 2-8-8-2 heavy articulateds. Most of the
BR&P's steamers went on to join the B&O's roster.
Unfortunately, today only one BR&P steamer is known to exist, an 0-6-0 switcher on display in Bellevue, Ohio. More information regarding Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh steam locomotives can be found below. While never a wealthy railroad throughout its existence (when
compared to the likes of its much larger and powerful northern
competitors, the Pennsylvania [PRR] and New York Central [NYC]
railroads) the B&O's legacy will forever be remembered as a survivor and that
it put customer service above all else.
Steam Locomotive Roster
The BR&P's Class F included its roster of 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 switchers.
The BR&P's Class LL included its massive 2-6-6-2 heavy articulateds.
The BR&P's Class P included part of its roster of 2-8-0 Consolidations.
The BR&P's Class S included part of its roster of 2-8-0 Consolidations along with its fleet of 4-8-0 Twelve-wheelers.
The BR&P's Class V included part of its roster of 2-8-0 Consolidations.
The BR&P's Class W included its roster of 4-4-2 Atlantics.
The BR&P's Class WW included its roster of 4-6-2 Pacifics.
The BR&P's Class X included part of its roster of 2-8-0 Consolidations.
The BR&P's Class XX included its only roster of massive 2-8-8-2 heavy articulateds.
The BR&P's Class Y included its roster of 2-10-0 Decapods.
The BR&P's Class Z included its roster of 2-8-2 Mikados.
(Thanks to Todd Blide with help regarding the information on this page.)
When the company’s name and
existence finally came to an end on April 30th, 1987 it had just
celebrated its 160th birthday and witnessed the industry grow from
nothing more than few scattered systems to a rail network consisting of
tens of thousands of miles linking the country from coast to coast (it
also outlived its wealthier northern competitors by over a decade).
While the BR&P was only marginally successful, even under B&O
ownership, interestingly much of the former system remains in operation
today under the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad, a G&W system. It began operations in 1988 buying former sections of the B&O and BR&P in Pennsylvania and New York from CSX. Today it is a system covering more than 400 miles of railroad and in 2006 was even named the Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.
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