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~A Quick Look at the Penn View Mountain Railroad.
Servicing PVM #8 at the picnic stop. The railroad's unique paint scheme can be seen quite well in this photo from the 60's.
The Penn View Mountain railroad was a Tourist Railroad that operated in Southwestern Pennsylvania from 1964 to 1973. It was one of the first steam tourist railroads in the East (and perhaps the entire U.S.).
Late in the 1950's, Sloan Cornell and his family members constructed a 4.5 mile right of way along the mountain ridges of his farm. He laid the rails for what would become his first of many tourist railroads (next the Indiana and Blairsville, then the Gettysburg Railroad, and finale, the Knox and Kane Railroad). It was a family business, his Uncle Hal Cornell was the Brakeman, and his brother-in-law, Bob Libengood, was his conductor. The little line climbed the mountain to a scenic overlook via a system of switchbacks. In the Summer of 1964, Slo