The Fort Washington Branch
|Docket: 18614||7/27/1954||Section: 1(18)|
|App. of The Connecting Railway Company and The Pennsylvania Railroad Company to abandon and remove a portion of their Port Washington Branch between Wyndmoor and Sunnybrook, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a distance of 3.1 miles.|
|Length: 3.100 miles||Citation:|
I have lived in the Wyncote are for the past 3 years while I attend college, In the mean time i did a lot of research on abandon railroad in the area. First you can still see the evidence of the Wye connecting at Ft Hill. There are some rails and ties still in place, Rt 309 take place of the ROW. The Row is visible after the Willow Grove Ave new bridge, Penn Dot remove the bridge on Stenton ave and use fill to fill it in, There is a 2 track bridge over Germantown ave, The Row also goes under the stone RDG line (Septa) bridge where it laters connect with PPENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD.
i was looking at the map and noticed a bridge and possible rail.please let me know if the bridge and rail still exist.
The bridge over Germantown Ave. still exists although the tracks are gone. There's a clear view of the former roadbed in a cut that can be seen from the Willow Grove Ave. bridge above 309. This line was about as minor a branch as the PRR had, although it was electrified. Passenger service ended in 1953 I believe and freight service cut back to Cheltenham Ave. a couple years later. All service ended in the late 1970s or early 80s.
US Route 309 - aka the Fort Washington Expressway - was built through the area in 1959 to 1961. The highway was built over the northern section of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Cresheim / Fort Washington Branch RoW. That would have eliminated trackage and all stations North of the community of Laverock. I'd read elsewhere that freight service along Ivy Hill Road continued late into the 1970's.