The Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad

The following is a brief history of the SWP.

When Conrail made it known that they intended to abandon the line from Radebaugh/Greensburg to Connellsville, Westmoreland and Fayette counties put up money to buy it.

The Southwest Pa does not own the track, but operates it under a contract with the two counties.  They strictly haul freight, and have no connection with the Laurel Highlands Railroad, which operates on some of the same tracks.  They interchange with Conrail at Radebaugh, with CSX at Connellsville (I think).

Most every night that I was in Scottdale, between 9 and 10:30 PM, a freight train would go through town.  I also heard one at 5:30 AM.  If anyone knows more about this railroad, please e-mail me.
Here are a few pictures, all taken in Scottdale, PA on August 31, 1998.

The SWP's 1706 with a message on the side wall of the cab reading "Painted by United Defense Fayette County PA"
Another view of the 1706.
The (ex-Conrail) SWP 7576.
Another view of the 7576.

A view of the train behind the 7576.  Cars include covered hoppers, centerbeam
flatcars, and a box car.
The new station in Scottdale for the Laurel Highlands Railroad.

Another view of the new station.

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