Westfield, New York

Westfield, NY is a village in Chautauqua County near the shores of Lake Erie.  It was on the main lines of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern and Nickel Plate railroads.  The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad ran east of the village.  Westfield was the northern terminal of the Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad (which was constructed after the 1899 topographic map shown above).

Lake Shore and Michigan Southern

The old Lake Shore and Michigan Southern (New York Central) railroad station is still standing in Westfield.  The 1912 map below shows its location on English Street between Franklin and North Portage Streets.

A 1910 postcard of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern station in Westfield.
This 1915 postcard of the station.
A later postcard of the station.  Note the Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad tracks approaching the station and the trolley car on the street to the right.
A 1908 postcard showing the station in Westfield.

New York, Chicago, and St. Louis (Nickel Plate) Railroad

The Nickel Plate Railroad also had a passenger station in Westfield.  I don't have any photos of it, but this 1912 map (above) shows the location of the station between East and West Pearl Streets

An undated postcard showing the Nickel Plate railroad bridge crossing Chautauqua Creek in Westfield.
An undated postcard showing trolleys and interurban streetcars in Westfield.

Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern

The Jamestown, Chautauqua and Lake Erie Railway built a line from Mayville to Westfield on July 1, 1902 and leased the Jamestown & Chautauqua Railroad. The company also operated a fleet of steamboats on Chautauqua Lake. The Buffalo & Lake Erie Traction Company, an interurban line, bought up all the stock on 1907. Unfortunately, the line was unprofitable, went into receivership and was purchased in December 1913 by the Broadhead interests, owners of the Jamestown Street Railway and the Chautauqua Traction Company. On December 8, 1913 the Jamestown, Westfield & Northwestern Railroad took over the line and began electrifying the main line from Westfield to Jamestown.

The 1912 map on the top shows that the Jamestown, Chautauqua and Lake Erie Railway line connected to the Nickel Plate Railroad.  The 1923 map on the bottom shows that the connection had been moved to the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern as shown in the postcards above.

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