Tracks near Shwenksville Station, which is now a restaurant located alongside PA Route 29. Photo by Andrew Carbine, October 2013.
History of the Perkiomen Railroad
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The Perkiomen was one of the most seenic rail road routs that I have ever seen. NE of Ocks a mile and half of road bed is gong.When they put in 422 east and west it took a lot of track away. I have old picture's of the trusle's and right of way of the track befour it Arcolla Pa.
Warminster Pa, PA
i know that some if not most of this line is still there.what i want to know is what n/s is going to do with it.it can be turned into a rail to trail.anyone has any information please let me know.thank you.when i mean still there i mean from oaks to mont clare.
The line is still an active line from East Greenville all the to Emmaus where it connects with Norfolk Southern. its run by the East Penn Railroad and see about 2-3 trains a week.
Chester County, PA
thank you for responding.originally from quakertown,i am very familiar with the east greenville area up to emmaus.i am asking about any rail or equipment from east greenville down to tho oaks area.i do not think there is any rail but i am aware of a bridge on the perkiomen creek in schwenksville which i think is still there.i also could have sworn i had seen a bridge below schwenksville off rte. 29 that was also abandoned.i know down in the oaks area there is rail,bridges and equipment.whether they are still there is anybody's guess.i also heard that septa is thinking of starting up possible rail service on the lower end of the line.i do not thik it is feasible for septa because it would cost too much and the ridership is not there.i did hear this from people who i can believe but do not want involved.if you hear of any of this please let me know.keep in touch.
The at grade crossing at oaks is with the PRR Schuylkill branch which heads towards Mont Clare. When most of the Perkiomen and Schuylkill Branches were pulled up they connected these two branches together to provide access to Phoenix Iron Company and other places along the old PRR Route.
Also In Schwenksville there is a restaurant that is housed in one of the old stations and if you look closely in the parking lot there is a set of rails with a tree growing between them.
thank you for the information.i am aware of a few abandoned rail bridges around the green lane area.i did see them on the maps i looked at.i do remember one bridge being in green lane park.i do not know if it is there anymore.the bridge above schwenksville is actually where the old i think it was a coal yard was.the bridge itself is really on a feeder stream,not the perkiomen.i do not even know if it is there.as for the abandoned rail,i would not mind taking a look myself.thanks.i am pretty sure that from below schwenksville there is nothing remaining of the rail line until you get down where it connects with the main rail line around oaks.looking at the map i do see rail and a bridge there.i will have to check this out eventually.keep in touch.
I sent an email with pictures of the Shwenksville area. Along with an old photo I found on the internet of one of the Reading T1's doing the Iron Horse Rambles at Shwenksville Station. Also in that email i added this link:
This person traced the line all the way from Oaks all the way to where it is still used today and found many of the remnants of the line. Looking at the map there is a bridge into oaks from the former Reading line at Perkiomen junction. It is here though that it now connects to the PRR Schuylkill Branch currently (according to 2012 bing maps). The PRR Schuylkill crossed over the Perkiomen branch near B.F. Goodrich (The New Convention Center at Oaks). The PRR Tracks came in between what is now the convention center and Arnolds. The PRR bridge is also still there but used as a back entrance to the convention center from Station Ave near Pawlings Rd. When The Schuylkill branch was ripped up they installed a switch where those two lines met so access phoenixville and the frazer branch could still be used.
andrew,you did your homework on this rail line.i do remember seeing what i know of.as for the oaks area,i did live on pawlings road and do remember walking the rail at that time which actually ran down to norristown.do you remember that?i have to get down to oaks and check the abandoned bridge and rail out.you mentioned a restaurant in schwenksville that has rail on the property.do you know the name,andrew?please let me know because i have been there and it is bugging the hell out of me trying to remember where i might have seen what you were talking about.keep in touch.
To be honest I am only 27, but have been really into looking up this stuff lately I also work up in Limerick often and I pass by the restaurant all the time. The name of the restaurant is now, Moccia's Main Street Station Eatery pretty much between the gas station and Firehouse
The tracks are located between the restaurant and the gas station to be exact at the edge of the parking lot of the restaurant.
Here is 18 slides of the Perkiomen Branch from Emmaus to East Greenville when the BM&R ran freight on it in the late 80's and early 90's.
Gregory D. Pawelski
are those your pictures on the website greg because if they are,they answer alot of questions about the rail line mostly what is still there.keep in touch.
Yes they are George. I was Public Relations Director for the BM&R during this period.
Gregory D. Pawelski
great.i grew up near this rail line.i actually lived in lansdale.graduated from north penn class of 79.so i do alot of fishing on the schuykill river and perkiomen creek.i am always wondering what is going to happen with this rail line being that i grew up along that rail line.i did hear that it would possibly be turned into a trail or reactivated in the future.please let me know if you hear anything concerning this raile line.keep in touch.
greg I meant to say I grew up along the Quakertown-Bethlehem line.i do remember the rail line when I lived on pawlings road in Audubon back in the mid seventies.i did walk that line from oaks to Norristown at that time great exercise.as for the pictures about Schwenksville and the old rail equipment in oaks thanks.i do remember the old trestle behind the coal yard at sprimg mount road and rte.29.good fishing hole.keep in touch.
Perkiomen Branch from Emmaus to East Greenville when the BM&R ran freight and occasional passenger excursions on it in the late 80's and early 90's.
Gregory D. Pawelski
as far as I know greg freight is still being run from Emmaus to east Greenville on that line.i talked to an employee of knoll corp. who told me freight is inbound and outbound from east Greenville.as for passenger excursions I never heard of that.keep in touch.
In the early 90's the Hobos had a gathering in Pennsburg, during that weekend excursion trains were run on the line pulled by a coal locomotive. I lived right there at the time, it was a really fun weekend.
Phoenixville PA, PA
My friends started a page on face book feel free to check it out Perkiomen Railroad Historical and Preservation Society
Here is some great research from Alex Charyna on the Perkiomen Branch. Lots of great photos here. I contacted him and he gave permission to post the link:
Do you have any pictures or information about The Perkiomen Branch? Please