Corporate Genealogy
Western New York & Pennsylvania

INTRODUCTORY

The Western New York and Pennsylvania is a corporation of the States of New York and Pennsylvania, having its principal office in Philadelphia, Pa. The immediate predecessors of the Western New York and Pennsylvania were the Western New York Railway Company and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway Company, which companies had acquired the portions of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company located in New York and Pennsylvania respectively. Neither of these two companies had any financial transactions nor did they keep any accounting records. During their short corporate existence their property was operated by the receiver for the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company and the results of such operations were continued in the books of that company. For the purposes of this report the Western New York and Pennsylvania has been treated as a reorganization of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company and the two intermediate companies have been ignored.

This company is controlled by the Pennsylvania Railroad through ownership of a majority of capital stock. The Western New York and Pennsylvania controls, through ownership of the entire capital stock, the Bradford Railroad Company.

The property of the Western New York and Pennsylvania was operated by its own organization from April 1, 1895, to July 31, 1900; from the latter date to December 31, 1917, it was operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad with the exception of approximately 51 miles of road which was operated by the Pennsylvania Company from August 1, 1900, to December 31, 1917. On January 1, 1918, all of its common-carrier property was taken over for operation by the United States Railroad Administration which operated it on date of valuation.

CORPORATE HISTORY

The Western New York and Pennsylvania was incorporated in accordance with agreement dated March 1, 1895, and March 8, 1895, under the general laws of New York and Pennsylvania, respectively, for the purpose of acquiring by consolidation the property, rights, and franchises of the Western New York Railway Company and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway Company. Pursuant to the above purpose, the Western New York and Pennsylvania acquired at its organization the property, rights and franchises of the two companies named, and subsequently acquired the property, rights and franchises of six other corporations. The Western New York and Pennsylvania itself and those corporations, together with their predecessors, total 55 different corporations, of which 6 underwent a change of name, and comprise the line of corporate succession culminating in the Western New York and Pennsylvania as at present constituted. The following chart shows the names of the corporations, the respective dates of incorporation, and for each predecessor the date of succession, the immediately succeeding corporation and the manner of succession. Reference to each of these corporations is made in the last column by its respective number shown in the first column.

No. Name Incorporation Succession
1 Western New York and Pennsylvania Railway Company. Under general laws of New York and Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation, dated Mar. 1, 1895, filed in New York and Pennsylvania Mar. 18, 1895.
2 Western New York Railway Company. Under general laws of New York, Feb. 28, 1895. Consolidated Mar. 18, 1895, with 3, to form 1.
3 Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 18, 1895. Consolidated Mar. 18, 1895, with 2 to form 1.
4 Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York and Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation dated Oct. 20, 1887, filed in New York Nov. 23, 1887; Pennsylvania Nov. 28, 1887. Sold at foreclosure Feb. 5, 1895, after receivership begun Apr. 1, 1893. Reorganized in New York Feb. 25, 1895, as 2; in Pennsylvania Feb. 25, 1895, as 3.
5 Western New York and Pennsylvania Railway Company of Pennsylvania. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 1887. Consolidated Nov. 28, 1887, with 6, to form 4.
6 Western New York and Pennsylvania Railway Company of New York. Under general laws of New York, Oct. 12, 1887. Consolidated Nov. 28, 1887, with 5, to form 4.
7 The Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York and Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation dated Dec. 30, 1882; filed in New York and Pennsylvania Feb. 14, 1883. Sold at foreclosure Sept. 10, 1887 and Sept. 15, 1887, after receivership begun May 20, 1885. Reorganized in New York Oct. 12, 1887, as 6; in Pennsylvania Nov. 3, 1887, as 5.
8 Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railway Company. See 9 Consolidated Feb. 14, 1883, with 14, 38, and 39, to form 7.
9 The Buffalo and Washington Railway Company (of1866). Under special acts and general laws of New York and Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation dated Aug. 6, 1866; filed in New York Sept. 29, 1866; Pennsylania Oct. 3, 1866. Name changed to 8 on Apr. 12, 1871.
10 Sinnemahoning Portage Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania Feb. 3, 1865. Consolidated Oct. 3, 1866, with 11, to form 9.
11 The Buffalo and Washington Railway Company (of 1865). Under general laws of New York through articles of consolidation, dated July 10, 1865; filed Dec. 11, 1865. Consolidated Oct. 3, 1866, with 10, to form 9.
12 Buffalo and Allegheny Valley Rail Road Company. Under general laws of New York May 30, 1853. Consolidated Dec. 11, 1865, with 13, to form 11.
13 The Buffalo and Washington Rail Road Company. Under general laws of New York Feb. 7, 1865. Consolidated Dec. 11, 1865, with 12, to form 11.
14 The Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Western Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania and New york through articles of consolidation dated Dec. 18, 1880; filed in Pennsylvania and New York, Jan. 22, 1881. Consolidated Feb. 14, 1883, with 8, 38, and 39, to form 7.
15 The Pittsburgh, Titusville & Buffalo Railway Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Feb. 8, 1876. Consolidated Jan. 22, 1881, with 33, 34, 35, and 36, to form 14.
16 The Oil Creek and Allegheny River Railway Company. See 17 Sold at foreclosure Dec. 29, 1875, and acquired Feb. 8, 1876 by 15.
17 The Warren and Franklin Railway Company (of 1868). See 18 Name changed to 16, Feb. 26, 1868.
18 The Warren and Franklin Railway Company. See 19 Name changed to 17, Jan. 8, 1868.
19 Warren and Tidioute Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 17, 1861. Name changed to 18, Mar. 31,1864.
20 Oil Creek Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 2, 1860. Merged Feb. 26, 1868, with 16.
21 Farmers' Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 10, 1862. Merged Jan. 8, 1868, with 16.
22 The Union and Titusville Rail Road Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, July 22, 1870. Merged Dec. 27, 1871, with 16.
23 Union and Titusville Railroad Company. See 24 Sold at foreclosure Aug. 4, 1869, and acquired July 22, 1870, by 22.
24 Oil Creek and Titusville Mining and Transportation Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 4, 1865. Name changed to 23, May 1, 1866.
25 The Reno, Oil Creek and Pithole Railway Company. See 26 Sold at foreclosure Oct. 15, 1867, and acquired Oct. 27, 1868, by 16.
26 Mill Creek Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylania, Mar. 23, 1865. Name changed to 25 Nov. 4, 1865.
27 The Buffalo, Chautauqua Lake and Pittsburgh Railway Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania and New York through articles of consolidation, dated Apr. 29, 1879; filed in Pennsylvania, May 2 1879, in New York, May 3, 1879. Merged Feb. 17, 1880, with 15.
28 The Dunkirk, Chautauqua Lake and Pittsburgh Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York, Apr. 26, 1879. Consolidated May 3, 1879, with 29, to form 27.
29 The Corry and State Line Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Apr. 26, 1879. Consolidated May 3, 1879, with 28, to form 27.
30 The Buffalo, Corry and Pittsburgh Rail Road Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania and special act of New York, Apr. 24, 1867. Sold at foreclosure Dec. 7, 1872. Rorganized in Pennsylvania Apr. 28, 1879, as 29. Reorganized in New York Apr. 28, 1879, as 28.
31 Cross Cut Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 3, 1864. Consolidated Oct. 18, 187, with 32, to form 30.
32 The Buffalo and Oil Creek Cross Cut Rail Road Company. Under general laws of New York, July 12, 1865. Consolidated Oct. 18, 1867, with 31, to form 30.
33 The Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Western Railway Company. Under general laws of New York, Sept. 29, 1880. Consolidated Jan. 22, 1881, with 15, 34, 35, and 36, to form 14.
34 The Salamanca, Bradford and Allegheny River Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Dec. 8, 1880. Consolidated Jan. 22, 1881, with 15, 33, 35, and 36, to form 14.
35 The Salamanca, Bradford and Allegheny River Railroad Company of New York. Under general laws of New York, Dec. 11, 1880. Consolidated Jan. 22, 1881, with 15, 33, 34, and 36, to form 14.
36 Titusville and Oil City Railway Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Dec. 23, 1878. Consolidated Jan. 22, 1881, with 15, 33, 34, and 35, to form 14.
37 Titusville & Petroleum Centre Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 20, 1870. Sold under court decree Oct. 19, 1878, and reorganized Dec. 23, 1878, as 36.
38 The Olean and Salamanca Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York, Oct. 21, 1882. Consolidated Feb. 1, 1883, with 8, 14, and 39, to form 7.
39 The Oil City and Chicago Railroad Company (of April, 1882). Under general laws of Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation, dated Mar, 28, 1882; filed Apr. 22, 1882. Consolidated Oct. 20, 1882, with 8, 14, and 38, to form 7.
40 The New Castle, Plain Grove and Butler Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 9, 1882. Merged Oct. 20, 1882, with 39.
41 The Oil City and Chicago Railroad Company (of March, 1882). Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 10, 1882. Consolidated Apr. 22, 1882, with 42, to form 39.
42 The New Castle and Oil City Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, May 28, 1881. Consolidated Apr. 22, 1882, with 41, to form 39.
43 New Castle and Franklin Railroad Company. Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 25, 1864. Sold at foreclosure Apr. 13, 1881, after receivership begun July 1, 1880. Reorganized May 28, 1881, as 42.
44 The Rochester, New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company (of July, 1881). Under general laws of New York through articles of consolidation, dated Feb. 15, 1881; filed July 11, 1881. Merged Feb. 28, 1916, with 1.
45 The Rochester, New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company (of February, 1881). Under general laws of New York, Feb. 14, 1881. Consolidated July 11, 1881, with 46, to form 44.
46 Rochester, Nunda & Pittsburgh Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York, June 27, 1877. Consolidated July 11, 1881, with 45, to form 44.
47 The Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road Company (of 1873). Under special act of New York and Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation, dated June 27, 1872, filed in New York Feb. 14, 1873; Pennsylvania Mar. 31, 1873. Corporate property, rights, and franchises in New York sold under court decree May 7, 1877. Reorganized June 26, 1877, as 46.
48 The Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road Company (of 1872). Under general laws of New York through articles of consolidation, dated Feb. 6, 1872; filed Mar 18, 1872. Consolidated Mar. 24, 1873, with 52, to form 47.
49 Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road Company. Under general laws of New York, Apr. 9, 1870. Consolidated May 17, 1872, with 50 and 51, to form 48.
50 The Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Extension Rail Road Company. Under general laws of New York, Jan. 10, 1872. Consolidated May 17, 1872, with 49 and 51, to form 48.
51 The Northern extension of the Rochester, Nunda and Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York, Jan. 12, 1872. Consolidated May 17, 1872, with 49 and 50, to form 48.
52 Northern Railroad and Navigation Company Under special act of Pennsylvania Mar. 23, 1867. Consolidated Mar. 24, 1873, with 48 , to form 47.
53 Kinzua Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania through articles of consolidation dated May, 1, 1911; filed June 30, 1911. Merged Nov. 2, 1911, with 1.
54 Kinzua Railway Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 18, 1881. Consolidated June 30, 1911, with 55, to form 53.
55 Kinzua Valley Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 30, 1889. Consolidated June 30, 1911, with 54, to form 53.
56 McKean and Buffalo Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 11, 1874. Merged June 30, 1811, with 1.
57 Pennsylvania and Rochester Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York through articles of consolidation, dated Nov. 22, 1911, filed Nov. 15, 1912. Merged Feb. 28, 1916, with 1.
58 The Genesee Valley Canal Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York, July 16, 1880. Consolidated Nov. 15, 1912, with 59, to form 57.
59 The Genesee Valley Terminal Railroad Company. Under general laws of New York, Aug. 14, 1882. Consolidated Nov. 15, 1912, with 58, to form 57
60 The Olean, Bradford and Warren Rail Road Company. Under general laws of New York, Oct. 17, 1877. Merged Apr. 11, 1916, with 1.
61 The Union Terminal Railroad Company of the City of Buffalo. Under general laws of New York, June 12, 1884. Merged Nov. 12, 1917, with 1.

DEVELOPMENT OF FIXED PHYSICAL PROPERTY

The owned mileage of the Western New York and Pennsylvania, amounting to 586.145 miles, was acquired partly by construction, partly by consolidation and partly by merger. Of the 54 corporations that comprise the line of succession culminating in the Western New York and Pennsylvania as at present constituted, 39 corporations did not construct any road or other common-carrier property. These companies were:

The property constructed by the remaining corporations, the years when the various portions of the line were constructed, and the manner in which the Western New York and Pennsylvania acquired the property are indicated in the following table, wherein, to facilitate comparison with the table showing the corporate succession, previously given, the same order of corporations is maintained:

Acquired by construction:
      New Castle to Mahoningtown, Pa., 1898 1.42
Leesburg to Redmond, Pa., 1891-1902 14.10
Winchester to Blaisdell, N.Y., 1906-7 7.67 23.19
Acquired by reorganization, from the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company, constructed by--
The Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railroad Company, Olean to Salamanca, N.Y., 1882-83 20.70
Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railway Company, Buffalo, N.Y to Emporium, Pa., commenced in 1866, completed in 1872 118.23
The Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Western Railroad Company--
      Brocton to Buffalo, N.Y., 1881-82 48.00
Warren, Pa., to Salamanca, N.Y., 1881-82 39.35
The Oil Creek and Allegheny River Railroad Company, Irvineton to Oil City, Pa., 1865-66 50.19
Oil Creek Railroad Company, Corry to Petroleum Center, Pa., 1862-63 38.00
Farmer's Railroad Company, Petroleum Center to Oil City, Pa., 1870-71 8.00
The Union and Titusville Rail Road Company, Union to Titusville, Pa., 1870-71 16.00
The Reno, Oil Creek and Pithole Railway Company, Rouseville to Plumber, Pa., 1865-66, 12 miles abandoned in 1869 -----
Cross Cut Railroad Company, New York-Pennsylvania State line to Corry, Pa., 1867 6.26
The Buffalo and Oil Creek Cross Cut Rail Road Company, New York-Pennsylvania State line to Brocton, N.Y., commenced in 1865, completed in 1867 36.90
Partly by the Titusville & Petroleum Centre Railroad Company and completed by the Titusville and Oil City Railway Company, commenced in 1870, completed in 1880, Titusville to Pioneer, Pa. 8.90
New Castle and Franklin Railroad Company, Stoneboro to New Castle, Pa., 1874 36.00 426.53
Acquired by merger:
From The Rochester, New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company (of July, 1881)--
Constructed by that company, Nunda Junction to Nunda, N.Y., 1882 2.36
Constructed by The Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Railroad Company (of 1873) - Mount Morris to Ross Junction, N.Y., 1874, 18 miles abandoned in 1881 and 1908 -----
From the Kinzua Railroad Company--
Constructed by that company, Kinzua to Gates, Pa., 1881 12.96
Coinstructed by the Kinzua Valley Railroad Company, Morrison to West Line, Pa., 1891-92 9.82
From the McKean and Buffalo Railroad Company, constructed by that company, Larabee to Clermont, Pa., 1874-75 22.25
From the Pennsylvania and Rochester Railroad Company--
Constructed by the Genesee Valley Canal Railroad Company--
      Hinsdale to Rochester, N.Y., 1881-82 98.37
Scottsville to Garbutt, N.Y., 1906-7 2.90
Constructed by the Genesee Valley Terminal Railroad Company, Rochester to Lincoln Park, N.Y., 1883 2.36
From the Olean, Bradford and Warren Rail Road Company, constructed by that company, Olean to Empire Tanning Company's plant, 1878 1.41
From the Union Terminal Railroad Company of the City of Buffalo, constructed by the Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railway Company, tracks in city of Buffalo, N.Y., 1872 2.32 154.45
TOTAL 604.17
Less retirements, transfer to second track, and remeasurements 16.28
Recorded mileage at date of valuation 587.89
Difference between recorded mileage abd mileage inventoried 1.745
Mileage inventoried as of date of valuation 586.145

TRAFFIC CONNECTIONS

The Western New York and Pennsylvania has important connections with other lines of the Pennsylvania system at Oil City and Emporium Junction, Pa. Physical connections with foreign railroads are listed in the reports upon the operating carriers.

INVESTMENTS IN OTHER COMPANIES

The investemnts of the Western New York and Pennsylvania in other companies on date of valuation are stated in its records at a total book value of $37,506. A statement of the several investments with their respective par values and book values, follows.

Par value Book value
Stocks:
     Affliated carrier corporations, Bradford Railroad Company 7,700 2
Affiliated noncarrier corporations--
     Buffalo Coal Company 1,000,000 1
Northwestern Coal and Iron Company     250,000           1
Total 1,250,000 2
Bonds, affiliated noncarrier corporations:
Buffalo Coal Company 1,000,000 1
Northwestern Coal and Iron Company     703,000           1
Total 1,703,000 2
Notes, real estate mortgages 37,500 37,500

The $7,700 par value of capital stock of the Bradford Railroad was acquired in exchange for the capital stock of the following companies which were consolidated to form the Bradford Railroad Company:

Bradford Railway Company 100,000
Olean, Bradford and Warren Railroad Company 150,000

The capital stock of these companies, together with the balance of the investment securities, except the real estate mortgages, were acquired in the reorganization of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company,[...]. The real estate mortgages were acquired with other assets in the acquisition of The Terminal Railroad Company of the city of Buffalo.

LEASED RAILWAY PROPERTY

The entire property of the Western New York and Pennsylvania is leased to the Pennsylvania Railroad for a period of 20 years from August 1, 1900, and thereafter from year to year. Under terms of the lease the lessee receives all revenues and applies same to the maintenance of the property and the payment of taxes thereon. Any balance remaining reverts to the lessor. The lessee pays the cost of all extensions and additions and betterments for which it is reimbursed by the lessor either in cash, capital stock at par or mortgage bonds at a value equal to the actual cost of such extensions, additions and betterments. On January 1, 1918, the common-carrier property of the Western New York and Pennsylvania was taken over for operation with that of the Pennsylvania Railroad by the United States Railroad Administration which operates it at date of valuation.


Original data source: Valuation Reports Vol. 23 pp 138, 143-149,  167-169
Interstate Commerce Commission
Washington, DC
January 1929

Although published in 1929, the report is "...as of date of valuation" which was 30 June, 1918


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