Track Segment Series

The Track Segment series documents track segments as indicated in the CT1000 of 1945 in conjunction with the Employee Timetables of 1954. Where available, locations indicated may link to a corresponding On Location series article for more detailed information.

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The Northern Central Railway originally ran from Baltmore, Md. to Sodus Point, N.Y. It was assimilated into the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1911. Thereafter it was segmented into various divisions and names. Only the segment from Baltimore to Wago Junction, Pa., retained the original name of the Northern Central Railway.

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The York Haven Line has its roots in the independent Northern Central Railway which fully merged into the Pennsy in the 1910s. In the early 1900s, in conjunction with the construction of Enola Yard, the Atglen & Susquehanna "low grade" route from Enola to Parkesburg was constructed. From Enola to Wago junction, the two two-track lines paralleled each other, appearing as a four track main. This segment was collectively named the York Haven Line.

The Cumberland Valley Railroad (reporting mark CVRR) was an early railroad in Pennsylvania, United States, originally chartered in 1831 to connect with Pennsylvania's Main Line of Public Works. Freight and passenger service in the Cumberland Valley in south central Pennsylvania from near Harrisburg to Chambersburg began in 1837, with service later extended to Hagerstown, Maryland, and then extending into the Shenandoah Valley to Winchester, Virginia. It employed up to 1,800 workers.

During the American Civil War the line had strategic importance in supplying Union troops in the Shenandoah Valley. It also ran the first passenger sleeping car in the U.S. on the Chambersburg-Harrisburg route in 1839. The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) gained control of the CVRR as early as 1859, and officially purchased it on June 2, 1919. The PRR's successor, the Penn Central, closed all railway facilities in Chambersburg in 1972 and its successor, Conrail, abandoned major pieces of the line in 1981. (Wikipedia)

Harrisburg Station 1912

The Philadelphia Division maintained its identity over the (then) modern era of the Pennsy. It existed as of 1941 as part of the Eastern Pennsylvania Grand Division. In the 1956 reorganization, it absorbed the Philadelphia Terminal Division to become the Philadelphia Operating Region. In 1964 it was split into the Philadelphia and Harrisburg operating divisions.

Track Guide

The following is a tour of the Williamsport Division Main Line, starting in Hecks, Pa. (exclusive), to Renovo, Pa. (inclusive), based on the 1945 edition of the Pennsylvania Railroad CT1000 -- List of Stations and Sidings.

This line, from Dauphin to Williamsport, was originally part of the Northern Central Railway.

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The Middle Division traces back to at least the 1860s. For the greatest span of its (then) modern life (1941-1956), the Pennsy's Middle Division main line spanned from BANKS tower (exclusive) near Marysville, Pa., to SLOPE tower near Altoona, Pa. During the 1956 reorganization, the Middle Division was absorbed into the Pittsburgh Operating Region. 

MiddleThis is the second incarnation of The Hobo's Guide to the Pennsy, the first being on the former Keystone Crossings web site.

The guide contains two groups of articles -- the Track Segment Series and the On Location Series -- both of which are described further below.

The intent is to provide information to both historians and modelers about the right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Track Guide

The following is a tour of the Pittsburgh Division - Shade Creek Branch, based on the 1945 edition of the Pennsylvania Railroad CT1000 -- List of Stations and Sidings.

Click on the link of a location for more information (if available).

LocationName
F102    Junc. Pittsburgh Division - Paint Creek Branch
F103    Reitz Colliery No. 5 (Reitz Coal Co.)
F110  Seanor, Pa.  
F112A    "B" Quality Colliery No. 6 ("B" Quality Coal Co.)
F112B Hillsboro, Pa.  
F113   "B" Quality Colliery No. 7 ("B" Quality Coal Co.)
  Huskin, Pa.  
F114   Thermal Colliery No. 11 (Lenox Coal Co.)
F115 Huskin Run Siding, Pa. Passing Siding
F117 Miller Run, Pa. Troy Colliery (H. Sheesley)
F118   Arrow Collieries Nos. 1 & 2 (Arrow Coal Mining Co.)
F119   Loyalhanna Colliery No. 6 (Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Co.)
F120   Junc. Pittsburgh Division - Reitz Branch
F123 Cairnbrook, Pa. Station
    North Leg Wye
    South Leg Wye
F124   Loyalhanna No. 7 (Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Co.)
F125   Reitz Colliery No, 4 (Reitz Coal Co.)
F125A   Central City Siding
  Central City, Pa. Station
F132   Reitz Colliery No. 3 (Reitz Coal Co.)
F132A   Huskin Colliery No. 3 (Huskin Coal Mining Co.)
F133   End of Shade Creek Branch

Track Guide

The following is a tour of the Pittsburgh Division - Reitz Branch, based on the 1945 edition of the Pennsylvania Railroad CT1000 -- List of Stations and Sidings.

Click on the link of a location for more information (if available).

LocationName
F120    Junc. Pittsburgh Division - Shade Creek Branch
F126   Junc. McGregor Siding
F127 McGregor Siding  Reitz Colliery No. 2 (Reitz Coal Co.)
F127A Little Valley Pit No. 2 (Little Valley Coal Co.)
F129 End of McGregor Siding
F131   End of Reitz Branch

Track Guide

The following is a tour of the Pittsburgh Division - Windber Branch, based on the 1945 edition of the Pennsylvania Railroad CT1000 -- List of Stations and Sidings.

Click on the link of a location for more information (if available).

LocationName
F27    Junc. Pittsburgh Division - South Fork Branch
F144   Eureka Stores No. 1
F145   Eureka Colliery No. 35 (Berwind-White Coal Mining Co.) (Branch)
  Eureka No. 35, Pa.  
F148   Eureka Colliery No. 36 (Berwind-White Coal Mining Co.) (Branch)
  Eureka No. 36, Pa.  
  Eureka No. 41, Pa.  
F152   Eureka Colliery No. 42 (Berwind-White Coal Mining Co.)
  Eureka No. 42, Pa. Station
F153   End of Windber Branch

Track Guide

The following is a tour of the Pittsburgh Division - Eureka Branch No. 37, based on the 1945 edition of the Pennsylvania Railroad CT1000 -- List of Stations and Sidings.

Click on the link of a location for more information (if available).

LocationName
F91    Junc. Pittsburgh Division - Paint Creek Branch
F92   Junc. Eureka No. 40 Siding
F94 Eureka No. 40 Siding Eureka Colliery No, 40 (Berwind-White Coal Mining Co.)
F95 Eureka Stores (No. 40 Store)
F96 End of Eureka No. 40 Siding
F98   Shaffer Colliery (Shaffer & Sons)
F98A   Veil Colliery No. 1 (Ralph L. Veil)
F99   Eureka Colliery No. 37 (Berwind-White Coal Mining Co.)
F100   End of Eureka Branch No. 37