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Jerry Britton's PRR Middle Division in HO Scale

Burnham2C PA 1917 ICC photo2C Robert Johnson Coll

Heritage: Mifflin & Centre County Railroad

CT 1000, 1945: Eastern Region, Eastern Pennsylvania Division, Middle Division, Milroy Branch

Middle Division ETT, 1954: Eastern Region, Middle Division, Milroy Secondary

Incorporated in 1910, this community was built around Freedom Iron and Steel. Originally called Logan, when a post office was to be opened there, the government found there was already a Logan, Pennsylvania. In 1887, the name was changed to Burnham, for William Burnham, an official at the Standard Steel Works.


 Two early views of the Standard Steel plant from Burnham.

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NOTE: Standard Steel is not covered on this page. Though there were two early tracks into the plant from Burnham proper, they were removed long before the era being depicted. For information on The Standard, please reference the Yeagertown article.

Valuation Maps

PRR.v16.01.PA 03 1918c27 Sunbury Div Milroy Branch Burnham.low 1918 valuation map 16.01.PA-03 updated to 1927.

  • JM Tower indicated

PRR.v16.01.PA 03 1918r47c49 Sunbury Div Milroy Branch Burnham.low 1918 valuation map 16.01.PA-03 updated to 1949.

  • JM Tower removed
  • Second siding added at J. H. Miller
  • Original freight station removed.
  • West connection of Kovalchik (Freedom Forge) removed.


Sanborn Maps (1923)

sb burnham 1923 1 sb burnham 1923 4 sb burnham 1923 7 sb burnham 1923 8
sb burnham 1923 9 sb burnham 1923 10 sb burnham 1923 11  


1925 Pennsylvania Railroad Industrial Directory

Receivers | Shippers | Commodities

J. H. Miller (below)
s Sand / Building | Molding
Logan Iron & Steel Co.
s Iron & Steel / Bars, Iron | Bars, Steel | Pig Iron | Scrap | Skelp
r Ore / Iron
r Petroleum Products / Oil, Fuel
r Sand / Molding

r  = Receiver     s = Shipper
This directory is not by any means a complete list of companies or commodities.

These entries were possible through the work of Stephen Tichenal.
More information at Rails & Trails.


J. H. Miller

2.3 miles from the Lewistown passenger station.

Miller was a sand provider. Narrow gauge "donkey tracks" led up the mountain to the quarry. John Snyder recalls there actually being an electric "lokie" with overhead wire. Paul Fagley recalls there being a "covered bridge" on the donkey tram above a scale just west of the creek.

Altoona Tribune 20Jul1914The July 20, 1914, issue of the Altoona Tribune announced the formation of the John H. Miller Sand Company.

Below -- Topographic map indicates route of the donkey tracks relative to the plant and the topography. Railroad valuation maps current to 1955 indicate two spurs with a suggestion of a third that was removed. The red highlighting on the valuation map indicates track removed in 1971.

JHMiller topo JHMiller val 1955


Visible in the 1957 Penn Pilot photo; remnants may be found via Google Maps, including the bridge piers. 

Penn Pilot, 1938:
JHMiller 1938
Penn Pilot, 1957:
JHMiller 1957
Penn Pilot, 1971:JHMiller 1971 2014:
JHMIller 2014


November 2014:IMG 2073 IMG 2076 IMG 2079
IMG 2080 IMG 2081 IMG 2085
IMG 2086 IMG 2087 IMG 2088


Passing Siding

2.3 miles from the Lewistown passenger station.

JM Block Station

JM block station is indicated on the 1919 track chart.

It does not appear in the April 1928 Middle Division employee timetable. The September 1933 Middle Division employee timetable shows a BR block station; November 1936 shows HM; and April 1939 it is referenced as BURN block station.

Per Susan Yoesten, "JM Tower/Block Station, an 8'x8' 2-story frame bldg at Burnham. Abandoned the signal equipment 11/7/27."

1917 JM burnham JM block station, 1917.  



2.6 miles from the Lewistown passenger station.

There were separate freight and passenger stations located at Burnham. The passenger station was (railroad) west of the freight station and closest to Freedom Avenue.

Passenger service ceased in 1941. At some point the freight station was razed and freight services moved to the passenger depot. This occured no later than the 1949 valuation map. The remaining structure was boarded up no later than 1964.

With regard to the original freight station, Susan Yoesten came across a document that stated "It would cost $1,087 in repairs to repair the Burnham Freight Station (40x80' frame) well enough to rent it out. , including 'something to keep rain and water from running over floor' 6/18/43."

Listed in 1923 and 1945 CT1000's.

In the photo at right, the passenger station is in the foreground with the freight station behind.

1910 Sanborn map:
BurnhamStation 1910
Valuation map, corrected to 1955: 
BurnhamStation val 1955
The red highlighting on the valuation map indicates track removed in 1971. There are indications of earlier trackage that no longer remained.
North and west facades, passenger station (foreground) and freight station (background):Burnham2C PA 1917 ICC photo2C Robert Johnson Coll Freight station, east facade, 1917:
1917 burnham freight east

1970ish photographs of the passenger station from the collection of Robert Johnson; used with permission.   

Burnham2C PA 1964 06 14 Ed Weber photo2C Robert Johnson Coll Burnham2C PA 1970 06 28 South corner2C Robert Johnson photo Burnham2C PA 1970 06 28 Northeast side2C Robert Johnson photo Burnham2C PA 1970 06 28 North corner2C Robert Johnson photo
Burnham2C PA 1970 06 28 Northwest end2C Robert Johnson photo  Burnham PA 1970 07 Robert Johnson photo  Burnham2C PA 1970 06 28 Southeast end2C Robert Johnson photo  Burnham2C PA 1970 06 28 Southwest 28track29 side2C Robert Johnson photo


Logan Iron & Steel Co. No. 1 (Kovalchick Salvage Company)
Logan Iron & Steel Co. No. 1 (Kovalchick Salvage Company)

2.8 and 3.1 miles from the Lewistown passenger station, respectively.

Lewistown and the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRRT&HS) documents (p.54) that this entity (Logan Iron and Steel) went bankrupt in May 1946. The property was purchased by the Kovalchick Salvage Company. A portion was developed as a shopping mall and the remainder survives as a salvage yard.

Below: Three images from the 1910 series Sanborn maps.

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1905 Track Diagram of Logan Iron Steel 1905 map of proposed siding. Courtesy of Susan Yoesten.
Post 1905 Track Diagram of Logan Iron Steel Undated map. We know it is post 1905 because the above changes have been made. Courtesy of Susan Yoesten.
Undated Track Diagram of Logan Iron Steel Undated map. Courtesy of Susan Yoesten.


Suburban Atlantic States Gas Company

611 N Logan Blvd.

According to a Golden Jubilee booklet published in 1961, the "Atlantic States Gas Company began operation in April, 1936, in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. The office was located at 137 Market Street and the bulk plant was located on South Dorcas Street, Lewistown. In 1947, the company moved from Lewistown to Burnham where a new bulk plant was built on North Logan Blvd."

It remains unclear if the company had any relation to the Suburban Propane Gas Corporation, which was formed in 1945.

suburban atlantic states gas Suburban Propane
P1010730 P1010731


Landmark: Wilson Gas & Oil

This Gulf dealer is located just (railroad) east of Suburban Atlantic States Gas Company. It is unknown if it was ever served by rail.

Wilson Gas and Oil P1010743


Burnham Photo Scrapbook