It is not often that I learn something about a topic I really enjoy in Erie history, but it happened! I have been reading John Nolen’s “Plans and Reports for the Extension and Improvement of the City” and the section “railroads” caught my eye. If you have been a regular reader of this blog, you may realize that I like trains. I learned that in 1913, five railroads went through the city: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern; Philadelphia & Erie; Pittsburgh, Bessemer & Lake Erie; New York, Chicago & St. Louis and the Erie & Pittsburgh. The tracks were located in four places in town: 14th Street, 15th Street, 19th Street, and the west half of 12th Street then going down along the waterfront towards the docks.