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Jamestown / Olean Interurbans

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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

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

Jamestown Street Railway

  • 1884-1938 - Jamestown Street Railway Co.
    1938 - streetcars discontinued

1904-1926 - Chautauqua Traction Company

Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern

  • 1881-1913 - Mayville Extension Railroad, Chautauqua Lake Railway (Steam)
    1914- 1947 Converted to Electric
    1947 - Passenger Service discontinued
    1950 - Freight Service discontinued


  • 1894-1921 - Western New York and Pennsylvania Traction Company
    1921-1927 - Olean, Bradford and Salamanca Railway
    1927 - abandoned

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

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

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