John Speller's Web Pages Narrow Gauge in Ohio: W. C. Agnew

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Narrow Gauge in Ohio: William Chalmers Agnew
A number of 3ft. gauge railroads in Ohio were built by my wife's great-grandfather, William Chalmers Agnew (1849-1923). Mr. Agnew was born in McConnelsburg, Pa., and educated at the college in Mercersburg, following which he became the assistant of Civil Engineer Samuel Slaymaker in surveying and building the Wilmington & Delaware Railroad. He then became assistant to J. C. Sharpless in surveying and building the 3 ft. gauge Painesville & Ohio Railroad, and at the early age of 24 took over as Chief Engineer on the latter's retirement. He subsequently engineered the Springfield, Jackson & Pomeroy Railroad, and the Cleveland, Toledo & Pittsburgh Railroad, also 3 ft. gauge, and also worked on a number of private coal lines. Most of his lines were eventually converted to standard gauge. After 1893 he moved to Duluth and spent the rest of his career as a mining engineer.
William Chalmers Agnew, C.E. (1849-1923)
Bridge at Niles between Painesville and Youngstown
Painesville & Youngstown Railroad timetable
Map of the Painesville & Youngstown Railroad, later the Fairport Branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
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