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The 2nd Section Newsletter of The FCVRRHS


 Welcome To The Official Web Site For
The French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society
Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Welcome Aboard!

Our Mission

 Introduction to the FCVRRHS:

    We are committed to preserving the rich railroad history of northwestern Pennsylvania. Because the railroad industry was such a huge influence on our community, we believe its story should be preserved for future generations. 

    Beginning in the mid 1800s, many railroad companies operated in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. The more notable ones include the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad (A&GW), the Erie Railroad (ERIE), the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (B&LE), the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL), the Penn Central Railroad (PC), Conrail (CR), the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad (WNYP), and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). Traction (trolley) systems were also in operation for a time.
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    We are also interested in the Model Railroad Community. Please check out our resources and the Model Railroad Events page.

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Please check out our new items FOR SALE

New 2016 Erie Historical RR Calendar w/photos by Stuart Ladner
T-Shirts & Polo Shirts 2015;

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Organization Profile

     The French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society was incorporated in Pennsylvania as a non-stock, non-profit corporation in 1996, but became inactive shortly thereafter. In 2004, FCV was reactivated by members of the Railroad Committee of the Crawford County Historical Society, who make up the core group of FCV members.

    FCVRRHS is organized and operated solely for educational and public service purposes and is recognized by the IRS as a public charity. Current projects include, the production of a library of video recordings of interviews of former railroad employees, and the construction of a museum fashioned after the Erie Railroad passenger station in Meadville which was designed in 1893.
    In addition to interactive exhibits, displays of railroad artifacts, and a theatre, the museum will house a model of the Meadville railroad yard complex as it existed between the years of 1945-1955.

    We hope you will find this web site both enlightening and interesting, and that you visit often.

Bernie Hanmore, President,

Contact Information

    Thank you for your interest in our non-profit historical organization You may contact us by mail or email (we do not have a telephone number for you to call at this time). If you are interested in Membership with FCVRRHS, we have a PDF for you to download and fill out. You may also be interested in reading our monthly newsletter, The "Second Section" to 'get to know' us. Thank you for your interest!

Postal address
The French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society
P. O. Box 632, Meadville, PA 16335
Electronic mail
CONTACT US: contactus@fcvrrhs.org


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