County believes Knox and Kane Railroa...

County believes Knox and Kane Railroad is finished

There are 43 comments on the The Clarion News Online story from Jul 20, 2006, titled County believes Knox and Kane Railroad is finished. In it, The Clarion News Online reports that:

If someone hears trains whistle it is most likely coming from the collection of a railroad enthusiast than from the Knox and Kane Railroad, which used to run through Paint Township .

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don brommer

Seneca, PA

#1 Jul 24, 2006
why are they not running ,you can still go and see the other sites.doesnt make sence why the dont run it
Nat Emerson

Secaucus, NJ

#2 Oct 1, 2006
They could have atleast salvaged the run between Marianville and Kane. It would have been a nice trip, even just that short. I'm sad to see it go.. It was one of the nicest trips I'd taken.


Herndon, VA

#3 Oct 13, 2006
Do they still run freight? The loss of this steam excursion is really sad.

Kasson, MN

#4 Oct 17, 2006
well like all good things they come to an end especially when your great politicians get their fingers into it they dont want to spend the monies to restore history or local economy clarion county has done this for years they continue to close their eyes to a good thing rather line their pockets than save a historical train
Jeff in NJ

Clementon, NJ

#5 Oct 24, 2006
The track is in very poor condition and the railroad doesn't have the millions of $$$$ to bring it up to specs. Too bad...I wonder if they'll be selling the steamers soon?

Kasson, MN

#6 Oct 26, 2006
well the train isnt all there was to the history of the railroad company the tressel is what really was the attraction for many years before they finally put the steam engine back in use i remember as a child going to the kinzue bridge for picnics ang sunday outings as it was a great weekend attraction walking the old railway and walking across the bridge to the other side and back and now that half the tressel is destroyed they wanna forget history wtf is wrong with this picture
Bill McDonald

United States

#7 May 2, 2007
I too marveled at the kinzue bridge as a small boy. My oldest son took the tour ride with my parents, a trip he still speaks of to this day (he is now 25yrs.

I have lived many places and this story is repeated over and over...large town...small town...big cities...history and historic preseration most always take a backseat to every other squeaky wheel in the system. When i do return home, i alwyas visit the rail at varying spots from the Marienville station....many memories, some good...some better. i hope there is ample photographic and written ahchives in the marienville librarly to preserve the railway and its meaning to the area.

Boca Raton, FL

#8 May 21, 2007
If they would have connected into the old Philadelphia & Erie branch to Erie and ran steam with a run from Erie to Kane and back - that would have been a nice ride. Hey, they could still do it as that RR is in good shape!
Nat Emerson

Lilburn, GA

#9 Jun 15, 2007
Does anyone know what has become of the steamers? I know they had just rebuilt the 2-8-0 and the mike had run at least as late as 2001. There was something very haunting about that railroad, through the dence trees for 80 something miles and then BAM out onto the bridge! I took the trip 10 years ago, and will never forget it. Was different from most tourist runs, although very bad track was, I'm sure, quite a liability.
Nicholas Medovich

Howell, MI

#10 Aug 30, 2007
aw come on, why won't they get 2-8-0 38 & 2-8-2 1658 back in service? this doesn;t make ANY scense. If I got 4 million dollars, it would be like paradise. i'll hear the whistle of 38 and 1658 once again.
shawn eric moore

Jackson Center, PA

#11 Oct 7, 2007
that railroad could have been very nice if it was maintained offered longer tours kinzue clarion down past foxburg but our politions dont care we have to take matters into our own hands if we want to bring back this great tourist freight railroad we have to get the motivation to bring it back by maybe holding charitys or collecting money selling memorbillia concerning the railroad nothing is easy or free if you want to save it get up and do something
shawn eric moore

Jackson Center, PA

#12 Oct 7, 2007
that railroad can be saved if we think things out start raising money to rebuild the bridge maybe hold dinners sell gifts historical items pictures books on the railroad even sell old house hold items like in a church sale to raise money
politically jaded

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Oct 31, 2007
Aw come on! What is all the talk (blame) against the politicians? That railroad was privately owned and operated. The owner chose to not maintain the railroad stock and the tracks.
Johnathan Snatchko

Punxsutawney, PA

#14 Nov 18, 2007
I Wonder How Much A Steamer will Go For. I pray to god the they are not scraped

Boca Raton, FL

#15 Nov 26, 2007
That one locomotive was built sometime in the 1980s in China. I'm sure it will have a long life in front of it. That's one good thing about China - they were still building steam locomotives in the 1980s - hopefully they still are.
anf hiker

Butler, PA

#16 Dec 23, 2007

Sure do miss the whislte in the morning
and afternoon. Something you sure can't
replace at camp.

Erie, PA

#17 Mar 17, 2008
The owner only wanted to "Play Trains" and not run a railroad. He failed to work with local industry and maintain his rail line. This is after given money. It can be a very sucsessfull line if some one had the ambition. There was a company interested in taking over the line and help get things going again but the current owners refuse to work with them. So there she sits inthe weeds. Short line railroads all over the country are making a come back and this guy let it all go.

Since: Feb 08


#18 Mar 19, 2008
I just received this bad news:

Just learned that at 2:15 AM Sunday, an arsonist lit the Knox & Kane RR engine shed in Kane, Pa., and it subsequently burned badly. They had to put it out twice.

The RR's two steamers, one the only surviving H&BTM 2-8-0, the other a Chinese 2-8-2, its diesel, and a luxury 1890's dining car were inside. No official word yet on how bad the damages are to the locos.
I'm assuming the diner WAS wood..........

Northampton, PA

#19 Mar 20, 2008
Why do people enjoy setting fire to irreplaceable things? I hope at least the 2 steam locomotives can be saved. They were metal, weren't they?

Since: Feb 08


#20 Mar 20, 2008
Robert wrote:
Why do people enjoy setting fire to irreplaceable things? I hope at least the 2 steam locomotives can be saved. They were metal, weren't they?
I don't know what the intensity of this fire was, but the big iron and steel parts would probably not be harmed. The boiler would probably be ok unless it got hot enough to warp something. Bearings - whether bronze, babbit or ball/roller would probably be ruined. Other brass and smaller steel items like valve linkages, etc, may be ruined.

I would think it would take a mighty intense fire to destroy a steam locomotive beyond repair, but everything's expensive!

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