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Although the roadbed of the Coudersport and Port Allegany railroad was torn up in 1973, a handful of remnants still exist today. What was the Coudersport train station  today serves as a municipal building.  Two pieces of rolling stock have been restored and are now available for public viewing. Downtown Coudersport is home to the C&PA caboose, and the C&PA snowplow is now on display at The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.

  C & PA Caboose
  The C & PA Caboose restored and on display in Coudersport  
A C & PA Freight Abstract from 1886 Front of C & PA Timetable from 1941 Back of C & PA Timetable from 1941
A C & PA Freight Abstract from 1886 Front of C & PA Timetable from 1941 Back of C & PA Timetable from 1941

A C & PA Freight Abstract from 1886

The Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroads caboose was built for the line at the Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroads car shop around 1905. The caboose was extremely small by comparison to most and its' use was illegal in the State of New York because of its' size. On trips that would enter New York, the caboose would be dropped off at the state line and then picked up as the train returned.

Although the caboose had fallen into a state of major disrepair after it had been retired from use after more than 50 years of service, the students from Seneca Highlands Vo-Tech School in Port Allegany took on the three year project of restoring it, which was completed in time for Coudersport's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1998. The caboose has been on public display since then near the Coudersport Municipal building, which is the former C&PA train station. Fittingly, this is adjacent to the property that was occupied by the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroads roundhouse as well.

Additional Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad artifacts are on display at the Coudersport Municipal building (The former train station) and at the Potter County Historical Society, including lanterns used, headlights off of engines as well a wealth of maps, photographs and news clippings.
A C & PA Freight Abstract from 1886
 
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