Coal Trestle at North Fair Haven Being Torn Down
Former Was The Scene of Much Commercial Activity in Harbor
Fair Haven, March 15. - Work has commenced by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company to raze the coal trestle at North Fair Haven. The trestle was built by the this company, formerly the Southern Central Railroad, which extends from North Fair Haven to Sayre, Pa. It is 120 miles in length. It was largely a coal road.
As early as 1852 an effort for a railroad was made by an organization named the Lake Ontario, Auburn & New York Railroad Company, with a capital of $1,500,000. The route was surveyed on the Murdock line, its southern terminal being Pugsley's Station near Ithaca and Fair Haven its northern. So many of the subscribers defaulted that the entire enterprise collapsed. The effort was renewed in 1858 and work was begun on the line from Weedsport to the lake. Operations were suspended by the rebellion and not renewed until 1865, when a reorganization of the company was effected.
Several towns on the line issued the necessary amount of bonds and the completion of the road was effected and trains began to run in 1869. For the year ending Dec. 1, 1897, 240,000 tons of coal were transported over it, besides large passenger and freight traffic. The railroad company, later known as the Lehigh Valley, built this trestle, having a stock capacity of 45,000 tons and a pocket capacity of 1,300 tons. The company also owned the steam tug E. P. Ross, named after the president of the road. G. P. Knapp, deputy collector of customs, gave the statistics during the year of 1877, which were received and forwarded, showing 140,000 bushels of barley handled, 1,500,000 feet of lumber, 75 tons of fish, 2,000,000 lath, 1,000 cords of cedar posts, 3,000 tons of iron ore, 65,000 tons of coal. From April to December, 360 vessels loaded at this port. Several coal business at this place.
Work was plentiful at the trestle for several years, but has diminished until it is said it does not pay to keep up repairs any longer as fewer boars come here to be loaded. The Lehigh Valley is wrecking the upper part and it is said the lower part will be sold to another company to take down.