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Written & Submitted by Chester P. Bailey
Typed for Tri-County Website by Pat SMITH Raymond
The Corning – Blossburg R. R. came up the Tioga Valley in 1840. That was before Mansfield became a Borough. It was built to move coal from the Blossburg area in place of a planned canal on the river.
In 1872 the Elmira branch came from Elmira to Tioga Junction and big celebrations were held in every town along the line from Elmira to Blossburg. Eventually the Erie R. R. took over the entire system.
In 1972, 100 years later in June the record flood called Agnes closed it, although its days were numbered because of the U. S. Corps of Engineers flood project.
This location was chosen for the new historic marker because it was here at the gates to the Great Mansfield Fair on Smythe Park that many excursion trains stopped to load and unload passengers to that event.
We also think it appropriate to hold this dedication on Dairy day for the R. R. played an important part in the local dairy industry, and on occasion was called a milk train. It was also called a coal train and mail train or passenger train.
On June 26, 1898, the Erie issued a schedule which listed 3 trains North out of Mansfield and three trains South, these were listed as Express, Mail – Local and freight. These trains connected with 12 trains daily west to Chicago and 12 trains East to New York City.
American Railroad Journal, Aug. 28, 1852 P. 555
Blossburg and Corning Railroad.
Below we give an extract from a letter of an intelligent gentleman, who has recently had an opportunity of inspecting the above work, which is the great northern outlet for the bituminous coal fields of Pennsylvania. This road is of vast consequence not only to the coal regions, and to western and central New York, but is to become an important link, in the great central line through the State of Penn.
To the Editor of the American Railroad Journal.
H.v. Poor, Esq.:
Dear Sir: I have just passed over the route of th railroad from Corning to this place.
That part in the State of New York is now called the Corning and Blossburg railroad - the part in Pennsylvania is called the Tioga
railroad - the latter, 26 miles, the former 14 miles long.
These roads you are aware were originally constructed with the strap or flat bar rail, and proved to be entirely insufficient to accommodate the business of this region.
The road is now being relaid with first quality iron, Erie railroad pattern, and upon the 6 feet gauge. The short curves have been straightened and the grade made, at all parts of the road, gradually and uniformly to descend from the coal mines to Corning. The work along the whole length is being actively pushed forward and about two-thirds of the road is relaid. New engines and cars will be
ready to be placed on the road asx soon as it shall be completed. The part of the road finished is the best I have yet seen. Ties are very large and good and close together, ballasted with gravel and well laid. It is indeed a very superior road and will give a suitable opening to the bituminous coal. Of this mineral there is here an inexhaustible supply, as I am convinced by a personal inspection of many of the veins, and of a superior quality.
The quantity to be sent over this road and distributed by the New York and Erie railroad, and its branches, and the New York canals, will be immense.
Surveys have been made to connect this road with the Williamsport and Elmira railroad at or near Ralston, which prove its practicability. Little has been said by the friends of the Tioga railroad of this route, as the proper one to connect the Pennsylvania and New York system of public works but from the favorable results of their surveys, and from the fact that of the business to pass over any such connection, must come from points west of Elmira, it is now reduced to a certainty that this union will be made and road finished as soon as the Susquehanna road is completed to Williamsport.
You may imagine how immensely valuable these roads will become and within a reasonable period.