This line was built in 1868 and was known as the Wilmington Division of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. The line extended north from Wilmington, DE, to Birdsboro, but major washouts due to a hurricane in 1972 forced the abandonment of half the line north of Coatesville. The other half is still operated today.
The abandoned section of the line between Coatesville and Birdsboro intersected two other former P&R lines, each of which were abandoned before this section: the New Holland Branch at Suplee, and The Warwick Branch at Elverson.
Thanks to Joe Sharretts for contributing information.
The section north of Coatesville was still in revenue service until 1987. The Team track at Brandamore always had a tank car, the quarry south of Birdsboro and shipments out of Lukens that went to Reading. I believe that last Sperry Car survey was in '86.
NS still uses the first part of this line north of Coatesville to switch the Acelor Mittal plant (former Lukens Steel). They pull trains north under AMTRAK's Keystone Corridor, until they clear the interchange track switch and then back the train upgrade unto the Keystone Corridor.
i was looking at the map and noticed rail and bridges that look abandoned.please let me know what is still in place that is abandoned.i am a rail buff and love anything rail.
Major washouts due to a hurricane in 1972 forced the abandonment of half the line north of Coatesville
thanks for the info.i understand the hurricane did what it did.i was just wondering what is still there meaning rail and bridges and possible equipment.by equipment i mean sidings or junction boxes or other items.thank you for any possible info.
I visit Pennsylvania almost every year and I enjoy looking for relics of the Wilmington and Northern Railroad. There is very little as far as road bed or bridges. If you to to Geigertown you will see some old locomotives and freight cars. I have enough of photos and text to write a book on the W & N railroad.
The New Holland Br. was PRR, not RDG.
thanks for the information.i will have to stop in geigertown and see the rail locomotives and whatever they have.should be interesting.keep in touch.
Wilmington & Northern Branch from just below Chadds Ford to Reading, Pa.
Gregory D. Pawelski's Facebook page on the Wilmington and Northern Railroad are awesome and I highly recommend it!
I've moved to Honey Brook in 1993. I live near Birdell Rd.
I rode the old line to Brandamore Rd. Had to ride up Brandamore Rd to get to Hibernia park. As for COATESVILLE that's another story. (look it up).
Ummmm...the line north of Coatesville to Birdsboro WAS NOT abandoned in 72.It did recieve damage but was repaired and continued in service under Conrail
No it was not
The pin showing the position for Joe Sharrett's single photograph of a grade crossing on Wagontown Road as adjacent to Route 82 just north of Coatesville, near to Irish Lane south of Route 30, should actually be about 2 and a half miles further north at the intersection of Hatfield Road and Wagontown Road. The building on the left of the picture is Hatfield House and the cameraman was standing on the northern side of what had been Wagontown Station which was across the road from Hatfield House.
I watched them remove the tracks in 1983 they were still running trains on the line in the 70s.
I am attempting to obtain information on the Lewisburg, Centre and Spruce Railroad.I believe it was included on a painting by Dan Christ in this Website: http://danchristgallery.com/DanChristTrainTracks.htm.
The painting is titled "Lion Tracks.'