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The Coal Lick Run Branch

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The Coal Lick Run Branch, which ran adjacent to its namesake river, the Coal Lick Run, was actually a collection of smaller branches (like the Rainey Branch, see below) that served local coke mines in the area. As the coke mines' production diminished over time, so did the usefulness of these assorted branchlines, and they were abandoned one-by-one.

Today, due to the earliness of some of the abandonments, the line is hard to find in some places. Not all of the branches are shown in the map above, but only the ones verified using historical topographical maps. Also, it is not known where "Ache Junction" is with the Monongahela Railway, though it is presumed to be at Footedale, PA.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 10989 Date: 10/18/1935 Section: 1
App. of Pennsylvania RR Co. to abandon portion of its Coal Lick Run Branch extending from Liberty Coal & Coke mine #1 to a connection with the Monongahela Ry Co., at Ache Junction, a distance of 2.55 miles all in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Length: 2.55 miles Citation: 212 ICC 215  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 11213 Date: 5/20/1936 Section: 1
App. to abandon portion of its Rainey Branch extending from valuation Station 54 plus 20 near Jamison Mine of South Union Coal Company to the terminus of said branch at the Revere Coke Works of W. J . Railey, Inc., a distance of 1.42 miles, all in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Length: 1.42 miles Citation: 217 ICC 77  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 22839 Date: 11/4/1963 Section: 1(18)
Application and Ret. to Q. for authority to abandon its Rainey Branch extending from its junction with the Coal Lick Run Branch to its terminus at Val. Sta. 54+20, a distance of 1.03 mi., together with appurtenant tracks, located in Fayette County, Pa.
Length: 1.03 miles Citation:  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 24279 Date: 7/18/1966 Section: 1(18)
Application and Ret. to Quest. for authority to (1) abandon its Dunbar Br. extending from a connection with the Southwest Branch to its terminus at V.S. l9+50, a distance of 0.37 mi., together with 0.14 mi. of sidetrack and (2) that portion of its Coal Lick Run Branch extending from V.S. 113+50 to its terminus at V.S. 289+00, a distance of 3.32 mi., all located in Fayette County, Pa.
Length: 3.32 miles Citation:  
Also under this filing: The Dunbar Branch   

i was looking at this rail site and was wondering if there was any rail or equipment still around.please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA
12/2/2012

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I was comparing this old line map to google maps to see if there were still old tracks in place. There is no sign of any tracks being there at all. They were there at one point but are not visalbe now. I have been to Uniontown but have never ventured out to find these hind in rails.

Nicholas Walters
Erie, PA
6/28/2015

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thanks Nicholas.i was just thinking that like a lot of abandoned rail lines,this one might have rail,bridges and equipment left behind.doesn't look like it though.thanks for the response Nicholas.

george oakley
reading, PA
6/29/2015

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