Certificate: Shares of the Capital Stock, shares of $50 each
Dated: 1860 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - United States
Signature: hand signed
Measure: 10.2" x 9.4"
The Allegheny Valley Railroad (reporting mark AVR) is a class III railroad that operates in Western Pennsylvania.
AVR acts as a feeder line connecting its many and varied customers to Class I railroads such as CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and regionals such as the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway and the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad (B&P). The Glenwood B&O Railroad Bridge is utilized by it as part of its branchline to Washington, Pennsylvania. The AVR's mainline travels northward through Pittsburgh past Panther Hollow towards Penn Avenue and the 33rd Street Railroad Bridge over the Allegheny River. At 33rd St., the line splits, with one branch serving industries along its namesake valley between Pittsburgh and Arnold, while the other branch runs north to a connection with the B&P in Bakerstown, Pennsylvania.
The current company, established in 1992, is a separate entity from the original Allegheny Valley Railroad, which was established in the 1850s. The old company followed the present company's line to Arnold and continued along the left (southeast) bank of the river to Oil City.
The original AVR transported oil from the vicinity of Oil Creek and Titusville. On February 20, 1861, The Pittsburgh Post printed "The Allegheny Valley Railroad (Extracts from the Eighth Annual Report, which is important for the light thrown on the transportation of oil)."