PENNSYRR.COM by Jerry Britton

Pennsylvania Midland Railroad Company

October 28, 1893 -- Bedford & Blair County Railroad incorporated in Pa. as a reorganization of Pennsylvania & West Virginia Railroad; Harry Cessna, Pres.

April 27, 1894 -- Brooks Mills & Altoona Railroad, Somerset & Bedford Railroad (Osterburg-Ashtola), and Manns Choice & Hyndman Railroad all incorporated in Pa.; are to form a line across the southern part of the state between the B&O's Pittsburgh line passing south of Altoona.

May 1894 -- Bedford & Blair County Railroad contracts for construction between Cessna and Brooks Mills via Osterburg.

June 1894 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad is under construction between Cessna and Imler, Pa.

July 2, 1894 -- Brooks Mills & Altoona Railroad, Bedford & Somerset Railroad, Bedford & Blair County Railroad, and Manns Choice & Hyndman Railroad merge to form Pennsylvania Midland Railroad under agreement of June 9, 1894; George B. Orlady, Pres.; Theodore Gerrish is major stockholder; is to run Hyndman to Altoona with branches to Ashtola, the Cessna ore mines, and Bedford.

July 1894 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad is under construction near Bedford County line and at Snowdens Gap in Allegheny Mountain.

August 28, 1894 -- Pennsylvania Midland begins track-laying at Cessna.

December 31, 1894 -- Contractors give up contract for building Pennsylvania Midland Railroad; 20 miles graded and 7 miles of track laid between Cessna and Brooks Mills.

Jan. 1895 -- PRR has completed a survey from Lovett to Scalp Level and back to the South Fork Branch at Dunlo to preempt the route of the Pennsylvania Midland Railroad.

May 28, 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad resumes engineering work at Osterburg.

June 7, 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad resumes work on the section between Bedford and McKee’s Gap.

July 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad resumes track laying between Ashtola and Osterburg.

Oct. 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad again suspends work in Bedford, Blair and Somerset Counties.

Oct. 1895 -- Pennsylvania Midland Railroad enters receivership; contractor J.W. Rutherford of New York appointed receiver, and work stops.

Sep. 25, 1902 -- Unfinished Pennsylvania Midland Railroad sold at foreclosure to John M. Reynolds.

Nov. 10, 1902 -- Bedford & Hollidaysburg Railroad incorporated in Pa. as reorganization of Pennsylvania Midland Railroad. This eventually becomes the PRR's Bedford Branch/Bedford Secondary.