Preserving the heritage of railroading in Western Pennsylvania
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In 1991 a small group of railroad employees, enthusiasts, and hobbyists met in a Beaver Falls, PA library to discuss formation of a Beaver Valley chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). One week later another meeting was held and and more people attended. Convinced there was sufficient interest, the group applied to the NRHS and the application was approved a short time later.
Throughout the rest of that decade and the first half of the next, the BVJC began acquiring tangible assets – buildings, rolling stock, and numerous artifacts suitable for display in and around a museum.
There was no museum, but in 2004 the chapter began discussions with the owner of the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad passenger station in West Pittsburg, PA. Chapter members believed that the station and its 4-1/2 acres of property would be an ideal place to establish a permanent home. Less than one year later, the deed was transferred and the station was ours.
Having firmly established ourselves in Lawrence County, we changed our name to Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical Society. We are no longer affiliated with the NRHS, but our mission remains the same – to preserve the heritage of railroading in and around the Beaver Valley and Lawrence County areas of Western Pennsylvania.
The Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical Society is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
805 9th Street
West Pittsburgh, Pa
The Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical Society does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.