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The Bridgeville and McDonald Branch

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Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 10740 Date: 1/18/1935 Section: 1
App. of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis RR. Co. and Pennsylvania RR. Co., lessee, for certificate to abandon that part of the Bridgeville & McDonald Branch of the former, extending from Cecil, in Washington County, to its terminus in Allegheny County, a distance of 1.87 miles, all in the State of Pennsylvania; and to abandon operation thereof.
Length: 1.87 miles Citation: 207 ICC 29  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 14313 Date: 8/12/1943 Section: 1
Application of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Company and The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Lessee for abandonment by the former and abandonment of operation by the latter of that portion of the Bridgeville & McDonald Branch between Gladden and its termius, a distance of 0.57 miles and the so-called Millers Run Extension extending from Cecil to Bishop approximately 1.10 miles all in Allegheny and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania.
Length: 1.67 miles Citation: 254 ICC 830  
Also under this filing: The Millers Run Extension   

was reading about this railroad line and being i live in bridgeville there are places where one can still see the right of way as well as old bridges , and rails still in place . will try and get some photos and send them thank you mr. arnett

gordon
bridgeville, PA
11/10/2010

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Yes, there is at least one bridge and several hundred feet of rial still exposed.

steve
sewickley, PA
1/22/2011

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i have found a old spur line the is still intacked also found two bridges still in place even found a lot of the rails still in place . hope to get some photos of them soon. even watch the trains go through bridgeville when i can .

gordon
bridgeville, PA
12/7/2011

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what exactly is still left in place?any info on rail and other equipment would be greatly appreciated.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA
12/16/2012

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I live in Bridgeville and there is a lot of track still visible as well as a bridge that runs parallel to the current Wheeling and lake Erie line. You can see the bridge from the southbound side of interstate 79 just before the Bridgeville exit.

RJ Haley
Bridgeville, PA
2/9/2013

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thanks for the info.you were right.i think i missed it .the bridge is hard to see if you are really looking for it and i do see rail too.

george oakley
reading, PA
2/10/2013

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I was a trainman for the PRR in 1966. Worked a local out of Scully Yard, just outside Crafton, Pa.. This job went from Scully to Washington, Pa. 6 days a week. I remember delivering a car to a lumber company in Bishop. The track had small trees and bushes growing between the rails. Had to ride the end of the car to destination, took a while to get there.

Dave Hutchison
Columbus, OH
2/28/2013

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thanks for the info,guys.greatly appreciated.hopefully someday will be able to check it out because i love to walk old rail lines and check out the past.

george oakley
reading, PA
3/1/2013

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Tried to walk across the first bridge coming out of Bridgeville today. It looks pretty intact, but most of the timbers are completely rotted through. Decided it wasn't such a good idea after all.

bill
carnegie, PA
11/30/2013

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i do not blame you bill.if it does noot look safe,do not chance it.being that i live in southeastern pa. and this rail line is located on the other side of pittsburgh i have no problem with taking a nice ride out there to look at the rail line.i come from a family of railroaders so you can see where i am coming from.eventually i will get out there.no rush because i know the rail line is going nowhere.keep in touch.

george oakley
reading, PA
12/2/2013

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Dave Hutchison, Did that lumber company happen to be called either Desmond Lumber or Desmet lumber? You called the area Bishop, but I always heard the location of the lumber yard was called Gladden. I remember seeing the PC working the B&M branch when I was a kid in the late 60's. My grandparents lived on National Hill and the P&WV / N&W was in their front yard. I spend a few weeks with them in the summer. Sometimes my grandmother would send me to the general store that was located near the post office in Cuddy. Every once in awhile I'd see the PC working this branch. I was always amazed at how the cars and locomotive would rock back and forth on that track. Like you mentioned the B&M Branch was in terrible shape. If I remember correctly, the remains of the old Maude Mine still existed just past Battle ridge road in the vicinity of what is now Clayton Engineering. Most of the line is now lost to time because of new construction.

Richard
Baden, PA
5/29/2014

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