The abandoned railroad route between Pottsville and Minersville, known as The Minersville Branch, of which 6.59 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
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Is this is the line that had a trestle over the West Branch of the Schuylkill and Reading tracks near the Sunny Rod & Gun Club in Minersville?
Yes, the Minersville Branch (PRR) went through propertyvery close to the Rod & Gun Club. On the other side of the river bridge piers still exist near Cottage St.
If you go out of town towards the Duncot Hose Company you can see where the railroad crossed the street - a piece of rail is still visible. The ROW goes between the welding company and the Hose company and run close to Shaffers Hill Road.
Hope thisd is helpfull. JGC
J G Caughie
Doylestown , PA
I am very familiar with this section of the line. And I remember coming home from school St Nicholas in Minersville PA around 1966 and seeing them taking out the rails which went to the old Lytle Colliery. My aunt owned the Rick Ann Hall which was the old Lytle Colliery Office the track was right next to it within 30 feet. The bridge near Sunny Rod and Gun was near St Nicholas school and we walk across it many time. The railroad also when past the old Pine Knot Colliery at the other end of Black Heath about 3/10 mile the Lytle. Closed down many year before my time.
Do you have any pictures or information about The Minersville Branch? Please