Little Saw Mill Run Railroad

The Little Saw Mill Run Railroad was a 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge coal railroad in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It was incorporated July 23, 1850, and opened in April 1853.[1] Originally, it was owned by the Harmony Society, and ran from Temperanceville, Pennsylvania on the Ohio River to Banksville, Pennsylvania, running parallel to Saw Mill Run[2] and Little Saw Mill Run. In an agreement with the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Pittsburgh Southern Railroad, it ran dual gauge tracks. It became part of the railroad empire of George J. Gould, merging with the West Side Belt Railroad in 1897.[3][4]

Little Saw Mill Run Railroad
LocaleAllegheny County, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1853–1897
Predecessorhorse-drawn tramway designed by Abraham Kirkpatrick Lewis (Kirk Lewis).
SuccessorWest Side Belt Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length21 miles


  1. ^ "Little Saw Mill Run Railroad". Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  2. ^ "A Pennsylvania Coal Mine" (PDF). New York Times. 4 August 1873. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  3. ^ Vaill, John S.; Ewing, Thomas Jr., eds. (July 15, 1903). Pittsburgh Legal Journal. New Series. Vol. XXXIII. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: John S. Murray. p. 12.
  4. ^ "History of the Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway Company". Retrieved 2009-01-03.