Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

The Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad began with the combination of five small financially troubled Railroads in New York and Pennsylvania on August 2, 1899. The PS&N inherited these problems and went into bankruptcy in 1905, which lasted the next 42 years of its existence. This railroad was known as the "Shawmut Line" and had 190 miles of track and it hauled coal from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the Buffalo Rochester and New York City area.

The principal shops were in Angelica, New York and St. Marys, Pennsylvania. The Angelica Shops were used mostly as car repairs and maintenance of way work with some repairs on motive power. Locomotives were maintained and repaired in St. Marys.

The same officers that put together the PS&N started building a route toward Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was to operate from Brockway PA to Freeport, PA and was first known as the Brookville and Mahoning but the name was changed to the Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad. It was under lease to the PS&N from 1906 to 1916. After 1916, the lease was terminated and the two companies operated separately.

The Pittsburg and Shawmut Railroad was also known as the Shawmut Line, operating passenger and freight service on its 88 miles of track until 2004.when it began operating as part of the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad, which is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

There are no surviving P&S 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives.


ClassQty.Road NumbersFrom Other RRYear AcquiredYear BuiltBuilderNotes
J-1 6212-2171917Baldwin2
J-4 9570-575, 577 & 579Monon1947-19491929ALCO3
  1. Numbers 200-211 scrapped in the 1950s
  2. Numbers 212-217 scrapped in the 1950s
  3. Ex "Monon" numbers 570, 573, 574 575 & 577 bought from the Monon in 1947. Ex Monon Numbers 571, 572 & 579 bought from the Monon in 1949. These locomotives ran with the same road numbers they had on the Monon. All scrapped in the 1950s.
  • 216 (Howard Davis Photo)
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