Moderator: Otto Vondrak
CarterB wrote: http://historical.mytopo.com/getImage.a ... g&state=NYThis map shows a different alignment than that of the first post (Pages Rd, etc). Before the trolley, there was a narrow gauge line between Olean and Bradford, which eventually died and the trolley company took over the ROW. The trolley company realigned the route , and I think that is where the Pages Rd alignment came from. Somewhere on line there are pictures of the loop from Page Rd. For some time I have been trying to sort out the actual narrow gauge route -- what is shown in the topo above has some outrageous grades (for example, after going north from Rock City, when it turns east towards Olean, it goes rigth down a huge hill (too much even for narrow gauge), and I'm sure the trestle if any wasn't that high... How it actually got down from that ridge has had me puzzled -- anyone have any old maps.?? JS
pumpers wrote:Two more views of the loop -- one looking in the direction of the previous link but more zoomed out, and another looking in the opposite direction.Yes, to the south end it becomes a dirt road. Shortly thereafter it hits SH-16 which was either the original electric railway's right-of-way, or else it ran right next to the highway. But then I see "Old Rock City Road" which leads me to speculate that SH-16 was originally the trolley line, and the highway ran on the route of the Old Rock City Road.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/S814-Loop-Troll ... 0548143577
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1909-OLEAN-ROCK ... 0292658380
Regarding the grades on the original ROW, i'll have to find my old notes. The ROW from Russ Nelson is close to a dirt road that is on a 1961 7.5 minute USGS topo (didn't see anythign in the USGS search site from the 1970's). It seems more precise than the 1898 topo posted earlier.