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Last Updated
January 11, 2011

Every week, people email our website with questions regarding the P&LE or one of it's subsidiaries. We try to respond to every question, and provide as many answers as we can. Here are a few of the most interesting questions, in our opinion.

 

Is the Lake Erie and Eastern RR Company presently in existence?       Alex S.

Has anyone created a list of Trains magazine and other railroading publications that have articles on the P&LE railroad?       Don L.

Top Is the Lake Erie and Eastern RR Company presently in existence?       Alex S.

Hi Alex,

In response to your question regarding the LE&E, I have the following.

No, the LE&E is no longer in existance as a corporation. The mainline ran from just underneath the hump at the P&LE's Gateway yard to Niles, Ohio near what today is the area beneath the I-80 bridge. It was the last road built in and around the city of Youngstown, OH, (Circa 1910) and had half ownership by the P&LE and the NYC.

Although not very long in length, it was double tracked and had heavy rail to support it's major shipments, commodities of Steel, Coal, Iron Ore and Molten Steel. It had many concrete arched bridges and some very impressive steel bridges right in the city of Youngstown. It's primary function was to support the once thriving steel industry of the Mahoning Valley. I work with ex-P&LE'ers who have stated that 200+ car trains of coal and ore were common on the LE&E.

At one time, it rostered it's own engines and crews. Later it's employee roster and equipment was dovetailed into that of the P&LE's. It also saw the movement of the Detroit Edison trains and throughout much of its history saw NYC trains that ran between Rockport Yard on Cleveland's West side to Youngstown via the CSL/LE&P/PRR/B&O route, known as "The Snake".

For the most part, the LE&E Main is gone. Several of the concrete arches have been removed and much of it's elevated roadbed removed for stone reclamation, but the long steel girder and through truss bridges over the Mahoning River in Youngstown remain. They are actually owed by the City of Youngstown.

Part of the LE&E Main that ran from Gateway Yard, over the Mahoning River at Struthers, OH is currently used by the Central Columbiana and Pennsylvania (CQPA) railroad as a connection for interchange traffic with CSXT located further east at Lowellville. Therefor a small part of the LE&E is still in use.

I hope that this answers your question, at least in part.

Vince Skibo
Editor - "The Little Giant"
P&LERRHS
 
     
Top Has anyone created a list of Trains magazine and other railroading publications that have articles on the P&LE railroad?       Don L.

Don,

Go to trains.com. At the top of the page is a link for Index of Magazines. You are required to register with trains.com to use this service, but registration is free and the search engine is very comprehensive.

I hope this helps you with your research,
Ken Izzo
Webmaster - PLERRHS