Youngstown, Ohio: Mahoning & Shenango Railway

Description From 1893 until 1941, the Mahoning and Shenango River valleys of western Pennsylania and eastern Ohio were served by local streetcars and interurban railways. Originally built by separate companies, in 1905 they were unified into the Mahoning & Shenango Railway and Light system. In 1920 it was renamed the Penn-Ohio Electric System. At its peak, it provided service in and between Youngstown, Girard, Niles and Warren (Ohio), and New Castle and Sharon (Pennsylvania). Like most other interurban systems, the Penn-Ohio was hit hard first by the rise of the automobile, and then by the Great Depression, which caused mass unemployment in the area's steel mills and factories. Ridership fell by 45% between 1930 and 1931. The main interurban line from New Castle through Youngstown to Warren was converted to buses during 1931-32. The Youngstown - Sharon interurban survived until 1939. The last local streetcar line in Youngstown was converted to electric trolley buses in 1940. The final remnants, the local lines in New Castle, were converted to buses in 1941, just before the outbreak of World War II. A separate line, the Youngstown & Southern Railway, continued electric passenger service until 1948. Most of its trackage still exists, and is now operated by the Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad, a diesel-powered freight-carrying shortline. Timetable and Map This timetable and map shows the Mahoning & Shenango system in 1908. It does not show local lines which were built later, for example the Ohio Avenue and Trumbull Steel lines in Warren, or the Ohio Steel line in Youngstown. (Scanned from CERA Bulletin 108; pages are as printed there, probably not as in the original document.) Page 1 (4.1 MCool Main Line Local (Niles – Girard – Youngstown – Lowellville) City routes: Youngstown, New Castle, Warren, Sharon Page2 (2.9 MCool Mineral Ridge – Niles – Warren – Leavittsburg Youngstown – Sharon New Castle – Hubbard Junction Page 3 (1.3 MCool Limited Service (Warren – Niles – Girard – Youngstown – Lowellville – New Castle) Owl Cars (Girard – Youngstown – Lowellville) Sharon – West Middlesex Electric Package Express Page 4 (480 KCool Map On Dave's Electric Railroads: a Youngstown-Warren car at the Public Square in Youngstown. For more pictures, see here and scroll down to the Youngstown sections.
Chronology
Local Service
Begin
strong>End
Youngstown (horsecar)
1874
1891
Youngstown (electric)
1891
1940
New Castle
1890
1941
Sharon
1892
1939
Warren
1894
1927
Interurban Service
 
Niles - Mineral Ridge
1892-12-05
1927-06-14
Niles - Warren
1893-06-14
1931-12-31
Youngstown - Girard
1895-10-05
1931-12-31
Girard - Niles
1895-11-04
1931-12-31
Youngstown - Sharon
1901-10-28
1939-03-10
Warren - Leavittsburg
1901-11-27
1931-12-31
Youngstown - New Castle
1902-02-01
1932-10-15
New Castle - Hubbard
1902-08-16
1925-10-27
Wheatland - West Middlesex
1906-07-03
1932-11-20
References Central Electric Railfans Association, Bulletin 108, Electric Railways of Northeastern Ohio (1965) Richard Korach, The Penn-Ohio System (2006)

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