Marion to Mercersburg

The Mercersburg Branch


This view shows the location of a former Pennsylvania RR/Penn Central bridge over the West Branch of Conococheague Creek. Photo by Mike Palmer, November 2003.

This branch headed west from the Pennsylvania Railroad's main line that ran between Harrisburg, PA, and Hagerstown, MD, via Chambersburg, PA. It branched from the main near Marion, and passed through the communities of Stonebridge, Williamson, McCulloch, Lemasters, Mercersburg Junction, and terminated at Mercersburg. It appears to have been abandoned in the 1970s. At Mercersburg Junction, a 5-mile branch that had been abandoned even earlier headed north through Gap Road, Creigh, Fort Loudon and terminated at Richmond.

The right of way passed through rural farms and other open areas. The right of way is now largely obscured, and much of it is inaccessible on private property.

The site called Mercersburg Junction (there is no town there) is near PA Route 416, just south of where the highway crosses over the West Branch of the Conococheague Creek. The former branch to Richmond is used as a farm access road in this area.

My great grand father was the engineer on the locomotive that ran this line back in the PRR and PC days. My pap used to own the caboose that sat off of Guitner Rd. Today I own that piece of the ride of way along with the bridge. You might have seen me cutting wood up there.

Mark Strock
shippensburg, PA


i was looking on google and could have sworn i saw rail on the this possible?anyone who has any information on this rail line about track or equipment left on it please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA


Hellow! Myself and Mark Strock operate the page on FB called the Mercersburg Branch, Past Present and Future. The only rail left on the ROW is the track to Gibbles along Rt 11. About 7 or 8 years ago that crossing was taken out by PennDot, and the track along the factory is now apart of that land. NS still ownes the switch at the interchange, But Gibbles owns the ROW on both sides of the crossing. As far as equipment left along the line there is nothing but an old tank car in Leimasters at the feed store that is used as a big fish tank. Check us out on FB!

Christopher Bang
Mercersburg PA


I as a student at the Mercersburg Academy in the early/mid 1960's and can remember the station in Mercersburg, a rust red colored, wooden building that by that time was not in use. I seem to recall a freight car or two sitting at the station from time to time.

Apparently, that branch was used by the Academy to bring students on charters to possibly Harrisburg at the times of school holidays.

Serge Grynkewich
Tucson, AZ


thanks chris and serge for your information on this rail line.just curious as to what was left behind basically.keep in touch.

george oakley
reading, PA


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