The “new” Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway of today operates much of the
original railroad’s trackage, along with lines of the former railroads
Pittsburgh & West Virginia (P&WV) and Akron Canton Youngstown
(ACY). At first the new company held much of its traffic base in coal,
just like the original W&LE, and was faced with much debt.
However, with a dedicated team the “new” railroad continued to
diversify its traffic base and gain new customers, which after only four
years of being in operation saw a huge turnaround and was earning healthy profits. Today the W&LE is going as strong as
ever, with a traffic base in coal, iron ore, steel, aggregates,
plastics, chemicals, forest products, and grain!
The Conrail breakup
has also allowed the W&LE to dabble into the profitable intermodal
business. Because of this, coupled with a strong management
team extremely dedicated to not only the railroad’s success but also
its future growth, things are looking as bright as ever on the W&LE.
If you are interested in visiting the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
its east-west main line runs between Bellevue, Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA.
However, the “hub” of the railroad’s operations continues to remain in
Brewster, OH, as it has when since the railroad began in 1871. So, you
may want to stop by and ask them for a quick tour of the railroad as I
am sure they would be happy to do so!
Current Diesel Locomotive Roster
|EMD||GP35||100-112, 2682-2684, 2686-2687, 2691, 2695, 2699, 2701-2703||24||1964-1965||Ex-Southern, Ex-N&W, Ex-D&RGW|
|EMD||GP40||300-305||6||1965-1971||Ex-PC, Ex-NYC, Ex-D&RGW|
|EMD||SD40-2||758, 6310-6316, 6347-6348, 6351-6354, 6381-6388, 7355, 7375, 7377||25||1973-1986||Ex-British Columbia Railway, Ex-MILW, Ex-MP, Ex-TFM, Ex-BN/C&S|
|EMD||SW1500||1500-1501||2||1966-1967||Ex-EMD, Ex-Indianapolis Union Railway|
|EMD||SD45||1765-1770, 1784, 1800||8||1970||Ex-N&W|
|EMD||SD40-3||3016, 3034||8||1966||Ex-UP SD40s|
|EMD||SD40||3048-3049, 3068, 3073, 3102, 4001, 4003, 4016, 4018, 4025, 6349-6350||12||1966-1971||Ex-UP, Ex-MP, Ex-KCS|
For a history of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway you might want to consider a copy of The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, Volume 2
by author John Corns, which is the second edition in the series.
Through 128 pages of historic photographs and information Corns' second
book further covers the original W&LE before its takeover by the
Nickel Plate Road, and later dissolution into Norfolk & Western. If you're interested in perhaps purchasing Mr. Corns' book please visit the link below which will
take you to ordering information through Amazon.com.
Class II Railroads
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway