Railroad, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Is there a town called Railroad, Pennsylvania? The answer is yes. To answer the next question, there is a railroad in the town of Railroad. It owes its existence to the Northern Central Railway that connected the ports of the city of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland to the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. However, it was not always called Railroad. It was originally called Shrewsbury Junction because it was the closest main line service to the town of Shrewsbury, which was served by the Stewartstown Railroad, a spur line from the Northern Central Railroad that also connects the town of Stewartstown.

When Hurricanes Agnes destroyed much of the railroad in 1972, the town of Railroad did not see the railroad, and Harrisburg was no longer connected to the ports of Baltimore by rail. A single rail line remained while the other line was removed…

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3 thoughts on “Railroad, Pennsylvania

  1. Hard to imagine hurricanes destroying much of that railroad. It is a beautiful looking little town. I love crab. Great they have a grab shack and all that history. Thanks for always including all the great photographs. I enjoy looking at the old trains refurbished. They always look so lovely. Have a great weekend my friend. Love and hugs 🤗 Joni

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