Jamestown / Olean Interurbans (a.k.a. Streetcars or Trolleys)

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New York and New England

JW&NWDid You Know?

Trolley History Details

The Jamestown Westfield & Northwestern Railroad was originally an old railroad built as a connecting link for interchange among several trunk lines. The Jamestown Westfield & Northwestern Railroad acquired this bankrupt railroad between Jamestown and Westfield in 1913 and operated as an electric trolley line starting in 1914. Dubbed the "Chautauqua Lake Route", the single track 32 mile electric interurban provided frequent passenger and freight trolley service. From Jamestown, the route was west along the north edge of Chautauqua Lake. It was an important connecting service for the New York Central. This passenger and freight interchange was the lifeblood of the line's financial health.

A second railroad, the Chautauqua Traction Co., ran along the west (south) side of the lake starting in 1904. It was abandoned March 26, 1926.

Jamestown / Olean Area Map

Pan and zoom in and out on the map below for a detailed understanding of the various trolley companies in service in 1924.

Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

Jamestown Street Railway

1904-1926 - Chautauqua Traction Company

Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern


Further Details

NOTE: All Links will open in the same window - just use the browser's back button to take you back to this site.

Warren and Jamestown Street Railway (Wikipedia)

Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad (Wikipedia)

Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad (Abandoned Rails)

Video: Jamestown N.Y. Trolleys

Past Glories: Part II - The Trolley

Jamestown Street Railway

Olean, NY - The Way It Was


back to interactive New York State map


Chicago Railfan (Trolley Timelines)


The Electric Interurban Railways in America
by George Woodman Hilton, ‎John Fitzgerald

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

^ top ^