Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

The Big Steel Rail

When you visit Blue Spruce Park you will from time to time hear the train whistle calling in the valley below. The rail line was first established in the early 1900s to transport coal from our area mines to the Buffalo NY area on the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Line.

The track was modernized several years ago with the installation of continuous track - no joints in the tracks means less chance of derailments and it also allows the trains to operate at a higher speed.

Today the line brings coal into the county from other locations to service the Homer City Generating Station. The trains are operated by the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad. Ironically the line never did extend to Pittsburgh.

Posted 4/9/15