Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad
Historical Society

Dedicated to the preservation of materials regarding the
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad,
its predecessors, subsidiaries and affiliates.


Last Updated
September 5, 2013

If you are looking for information regarding a former P&LE employee . . .

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society does not possess or have access to the personnel records of the P&LE or it's subsidiary railroads.

Please contact
The United States Railroad
Retirement Board

Office of Public Affairs
844 North Rush
Chicago IL, 60611-22092
(312) 751-4500

The Retirement Board Web site

Welcome to the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society web site. We hope that you will find many interesting and informative items on these pages, and will come back to visit us often.

September 5, 2013 - The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society is happy to announce the latest in our series of "Project Car" offerings. The fifth car in the series is based on the car type that we have received multiple requests to reproduce - P&LE 70 ton triple hoppers in HO Scale!

Click the image for a larger view of the cars

The 3000-3999 series of hopper cars were built by the Greenville Steel Car Co. in 1948
for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. Many remained in service until 1970.
The four car numbers being offered by the P&LEHS represent cars that were
rebuilt and repainted at the McKees Rocks shops in 1962.

Four different road numbers will be produced by Accurail with appropriate graphics
approved by the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society.
Expected delivery is November 2013. Pre-Orders are being excepted now!

The cars are being offered individually, priced at $17.98 for one car, $16.98 per car for two or more.
Orders will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail for $8.00 per order.
Pricing information and order form are available in PDF format: 70 Ton Triple Hopper Car Order Form

All proceeds will be used to preserve the history of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad.

August 12, 2013 - Update! We are officially sold out of the fourth "Project Car"! Thank you to everyone who helped make this project car a success!

Click for larger view . . .

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society proudly announces the fourth "Project Car" for model railroaders.  Based upon multiple requests to reproduce 50' Outside-Braced boxcars and the success of the original project car, this set will consist of two boxcars. These cars commemorate the paint schemes of Despatch Shops cars built from 1964-1966 and later re-identified for the parent Penn Central Railroad, both the sliding and plug-door version will be sold as a set.

Cars will be produced by Accurail decorated in appropriate Penn Central "Deep Water Green" paint with graphics approved by the P&LE Historical Society. One car is "Return Empty to Youngstown, Ohio" and the other is "Return Empty to McKees Rocks, Penn." Price is $40.00 for the set of two cars + $8.00 Shipping & Handling via USPS Priority Mail.

Delivery is expected in June, 2013, pre-orders are being accepted now.
Proceeds will be used to preserve the history of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad.

July 24, 2013
The latest issue of The Little Giant, the magazine of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society, is a 48 page double issue and is available now.

This issue is devoted entirely to The Lake Erie and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. The 8.5 mile line served numerous industries and steel mills along the banks of the Mahoning River. Constructed to carry rail traffic on an elevated grade from the P&LE's yards in Struthers to an interchange with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Girard, the railroad crossed the Mahoning River numerous times on spectacular bridges, viaducts and fills that were designed to carry the heaviest of freight traffic. The LE&E's right of way left a lasting impression on the Youngstown skyline long after the last train rumbled across "Crossing Number 1", the longest structure on the LE&E at 1,926 feet!

Jack Yarbrough's third installment of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroad in Youngstown, Ohio focuses solely on the Lake Erie and Eastern Railroad. Jack starts of the issue with a brief history of the LE&E and how his research uncovered ambitious plans for the LE&E's grandparent, the New York Central Railroad, and how that grandparent influenced the LE&E's construction. What follows is a detailed description of the right of way with detailed descriptions, diagrams and photos of the LE&E's key engineering projects. Descriptions and photos of the railroads motive power and rolling stock are also provided by Jack. Finally Jack also gives us a glimpse at the amount of traffic that moved over this short but busy railroad and the a list of the local industries and steel mills that it served. The final pages of this issue are the complete track diagrams of the Lake Erie & Eastern.

We hope you enjoy this issue of The Little Giant.

Would you like to talk to us in person? The PLERRHS will be attending these up coming events:

(Note that there will NOT be a meeting in December - next meeting is January 26, 2012)
4th Thursday of every Month, 7:30pm
PLERRHS Monthly Meeting
Rocky's II
1562 Island Ave
McKees Rocks, PA   Map

A forum to get together and talk about anything and everything P&LE related.
Meeting is open to the public - PLERRHS membership not required to attend.

Our Goals
This web site exists for everyone who is interested in the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. We are here to provide a service to you - but to continue to make this site grow, we need your help. Do you have original images of either the prototype railroad or a model that you've built, drawings of any sort, or if your a former employee and have an interesting story to tell, please share these items with everyone who considers the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad to truly be The Little Giant!

Do you have any ideas on how to make this web site better? We welcome all suggestions and comments.