Welcome to Historical Archive Committee
The Northwestern PA Railroad & Tooling Heritage Center, now known as the Northwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Partnership, is a community based organization. The purpose of the Partnership is “to showcase the industrial heritage of northwestern Pennsylvania and encourage its future growth by collecting, preserving and exhibiting documents and artifacts that document the history of local industries with emphasis on the railroad and precision tool industries and the Keystone View Company and to provide a community event space.” The Partnership will implement this mission by offering hands-on interactive public educational programs and exhibitions; serving as a regional attraction and distribution center for information on other area sites; and providing community meeting and activity space.
The efforts to acquire the building at 789 Bessemer St. are temporarily on hold until we have a clear opportunity to purchase it. we are focusing all efforts on the Cambridge Springs Trolley Station. The station was gifted to us in 2014 through a series of events. The trolley station, located along side the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad (the former Erie RR/Erie Lackawanna line), just off of U.S. Route 6, was served by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway (or as it was known at the end of it service, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Electric Service Co.) until September 1928. It has served as a gasoline station and garage for many years after the building no longer served as a trolley station. It was acquired by a private individual and used for his own purposes.
The restoration of the interior and exterior is going ver well with a new HVAC system, new lighting, flooring, windows, brick walkway. More work still needs completed including a new garage door and concrete work outside.
The annual meeting of the Partnership will be held at the trolley station on Monday, July 11. Details will be released to the public as they are set. Please visit our new website at www.nwpaheritage.org.
In accordance with the above interest in historical preservation, we are making available online all the Second Section Newsletters and Valley Express News in PDF Form. These past issues may be accessed via:
We hope you enjoy reading about our past.