Catawissa to Rock Glen Junction

The Catawissa Branch

Point of Interest

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Greg Harrison

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

Docket Number: 19087 Date: 10/14/1955 Section: 1
App. for permission to abandon and remove an end portion of its Catawissa Branch extending westerly from M.P.35/1802 at Mountain Grove to M.P. 33/87 at Scotch Valley, in Columbia and Luzerne Counties, Pennsylvania, 2.33 miles.
Length: Unknown Citation: 298 ICC 812  
Docket Number: 21301 Date: 9/30/1960 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon (1) a portion of its Catawissa Branch extending from Gowen (M.P. 38+3050) to its terminus at Mountain Grove, a distance of 3.24 mi., and (2) its Nescopeck Branch, which extends from a connection with the Catawissa Branch near Rock Glen to a connection with the Wilkes-Barre Branch near Nescopeck, a distance of 11.78 mi., all within Luzerne County, Pa.
Length: 15.03 miles Citation:  
Also under this filing: The Nescopeck Branch   
Docket Number: 22266 Date: 9/24/1962 Section: 1(18)
Application and Ret. to Q. for authority to abandon that portion of its Catawissa Branch extending from Valuation Station 1045 plus 61 to its terminus, a distance of 0.57_mi., in the Borough of Catawissa, Franklin Township, Columbia County, Pa.
Length: 0.57 miles Citation:  
Docket Number: 23736 Date: 7/16/1965 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon all operations over that portion of the branch north of Pottsville to Gowen, a distance of 40.86 miles, in the following manner: abandon (1) physically that portion of its Schuylkill Branch extending northerly from M.P. 95/2391 above Pottsville to M.P. 101/4690 at Morea, a distance of 6.46 miles, (2) all operations over the Schuylkill Branch and over connecting Catawissa Branch from M.P. 95/2391 at Pottsville to Catawissa Branch M.P. 43 at Tomhicken, a distance of 36.01 miles; (3)trackage rights over (a) Lehigh Valley RR. from Delano west to Mt. Carmel, a distance of 22.80 miles and (b) over the Reading Co. from Wetherill Junction west to Frackville, a distance of 3.08 miles and; (4) to sell to Lehigh Valley the segment from Morea to Newton (the Morea Branch), and also the northern-most portion from Tomhicken to Gowen, and certain inactive trackage rights which are collateral to and indirectly related to the above operation and which have not been used during the last few
Length: 40.86 miles Citation:  
Also under this filing: The Schuylkill Branch   

i noticed an abandoned bridge on this rail line.any other bridges or rail or possible equipment abandoned on this line?please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA


Where can one find or view the Dockets numbers and Sections referred to in the listed ICC actions?

Paul Trefz
Thorndale, PA


I have a question.I watched a You-Tube video on an abandoned right of way with a tunnel called the Shuman Tunnel.It looks like this right of way hooks into this abandoned rail line.I am not sure but any questions i have on if anyone has heard of this right of way would be greatly appreciated.

george oaklrey
reading, PA


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Do you have any pictures or information about The Catawissa Branch? Please . You will get credit for anything you contribute.