Latrobe to Ligonier

The Ligonier Valley Railroad

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The abandoned right-of-way of the Ligonier Valley Railroad at the PRR Latrobe Station. The PRR and LGV shared this station until 1952; the PRR's four-track mainline was to the right (where the three tracks currently are), and the LGV's track extended from the yard to the end of the platform. Photo by Alix Kunkle, April 2006.

The Ligonier Valley Railroad was incorporated in 1852 and was a narrow-gauge line; its early primary purpose was to provide passenger service to and from Idlewild Park near Ligonier. The line formally opened in 1877 after money and ownership issues delayed construction and such. In the later years of the nineteenth century, the line was converted to standard gauge (with a small part of the line by the Standard Steel Works in Latrobe being dual-gauge), and the LGV operated both freight and passenger service until August 31, 1952. It was then when the line ceased operation for good; the following day, the Pennsylvania Railroad took ownership of the first three miles of the line (from Latrobe until Kingston), with the other eight miles of the line (from Kingston to Ligonier) being abandoned. The PRR (and later, Penn Central, CONRAIL, and Norfolk Southern) used the three-mile spur to serve industries such as Timken Steel and Vulcan Mold in Latrobe; as of recently, though, it has been used as storage for MOW equipment.

Norfolk Southern, in particular, has expressed interest in abandoned the remainder of the line; the Latrobe Parks and Recreation Committee, however, has recently stepped in to try and convert the line to a rail trail.

Thanks to Alix Kunkle for contributing information about this route.

A year too late, it would seem. :( Do we know if the deed is 100% done yet?

Jacob Boslet
Altoona, PA
9/7/2012

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i looked at the site and saw that there is still rail and was wondering if anybody knows what is going on.did n/s rip up the rail or is there still track laying on the ground?please let me know if they did take up all track and equipment.thank you

george oakley
reading, PA
12/3/2012

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The spelling of railroad is incorrect for this page. Other than that, the track in Latrobe is gone and they are still working on rails to trails.

Bill Potthoff
Latrobe, PA
10/3/2013

[Thanks Bill, I've corrected the misspelling.  —Greg Harrison]

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thanks for the information.did they finish the rails to trail yet or is that still being finished?let me know because i will someday want to see the finished trail.so what you are saying is that all rail and equipment is removed?let me know because i grew up on a rail line and am into rail memorabilia.keep in touch.

george oakley
reading, PA
10/5/2013

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Gorge, tracks and equipment are gone. NS still has a building near the old PRR tracks at what used to be the WYE. I'm not sure where they stand on the rails to trail project but I'll look into it.

Bill Potthoff
Latrobe, PA
10/10/2013

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thank you for responding.i was just curious as to what is still remaining.now that i know this,it answers alot of questions.if you hear of any other abandonments,please let me know.keep in touch.

george oakley
reading, PA
10/10/2013

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