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OB&S - Double Bridge


Left Bridge, WNYP Traction Comp Trolley

1917 Postcard Obverse


BH Photo #364767


The Western New York & Pennsylvania Traction Company began operations in 1894, originally connecting Olean and Allegany. At its peak, the system also ran to Bolivar, Shinglehouse, Salamanca, and Little Valley in N.Y. and Bradford and Lewis Run in Pa., via Rock City or Limestone. (It reached Bolivar in 1902). In 1921 it was sold at bankruptcy and reorganized as the Olean Bradford & Salamanca Traction Company, but by 1927 all streetcar operations ceased. Better roads, rising auto ownership, and competing buses caused the trolley's demise. But in its heyday, it was the way to go for folks in the valley of Little Genesee Creek from Richburg to Ceres. ( Smethport Historical Society)


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Allegheney River on Olean Bradford & Salamanca Traction Co.
Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge
- Interurban
- Olean, Bradford & Salamanca Traction Co. (OB&S)
- Western New York & Pennsylvania Traction Co. (WNY&P)
Also called
WNY&P - Double Bridge
OB&S - Allegheney River Bridge
WNY&P - Allegheney River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.07009, -78.42972   (decimal degrees)
42°04'12" N, 78°25'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/712637/4660755 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 73717 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added railroad related categories + common name from postcard
  • September 17, 2016: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Replaced status updated