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The Pickering Valley Railroad

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The Anselma (Cambria) Railroad Station was one of the four Pickering Valley Railroad stations in West Pikeland Township. Photograph by Robert Brinton, CCHS. (1937, submitted by Nick DeRenzi)

The Pickering Valley Railroad started out as a subsidiary of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad in 1869 to connect the towns of Phoenixville and Byers in southeast Pennsylvania. Work began on the line in 1870 and was completed the following year. The line mainly hauled dairy and other agricultural commodities from local farms in the area to Phoenixville and thus connections with other railroad lines; it also carried iron ore from the region to the Phoenix Iron Company in Phoenixville. By 1906, the line had been formally merged into the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad system, and was then known as the Pickering Valley Branch.

The segment between Byers to Kimberton was abandoned in 1948, while the remainder was abandoned by Conrail in the 1980s. Little evidence of the line exists today.

Bridge supports on the line are visible along PA Route 113 north of Chester Springs and along Western Road outside Kimberton. The right of way is also visible where the railroad crossed PA Route 401 west of Route 113 at Anselma.

Richard L. Lindberg
Pottstown, PA
7/18/2011

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Some pictures of the RR were given to the Mill at Anselma a couple of years ago. Check with them, maybe you can access them to add to your gallery.

George H.
Frazer, PA
12/30/2011

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I used to live in the area. The station at Kimberton was still there in 2000. It was being used as a bank. I belive the Freight station in Phonixville is still there. That was the station te VF senic RR used. I remember the steam engines there when I was little in the late 60's

M Lehman
Johnstown , PA
2/10/2012

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I have been walking sections of the Pickering Valley Rail Road for awhile now, taking pictures as I go along. This sunday I walked the section from Picering Road to West Road along State Route 113. I discovered the spot Where the Rail Road crossed over 113 Wow! Was very excited. Went into Kimberton and Phoenixville to look at the old Railroad stations. Saw lots of migrating birds along the Railroad berm and ditch.

Richard Wolf
Phoenixville , PA
5/7/2012

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In the last two weeks Dave and I have walked more sections of the Pickering Valley RR railway along 113 and the section that goes into the old Phoenixville Steel Mill property. We hit the section where the Penn Central and the Pickering Valley met in the Phoenixville Steel Mill yard.

Rick Wolf
Phoenxville , PA
6/24/2012

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" while the remainder was abandoned by Conrail in the 1980s. Little evidence of the line exists today."

Conrail only tore out the line from the Main line into the Steel Company, The rest from from Nut Road was tore out by the Reading Company in the mid 1970's. The only track that still remains in tact is at the Phoenixville Passenger station on the main line.

Leonard F. Shaner, Jr.
Pottstown, PA
9/26/2012

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i see a bridge in the water in phoenixville.is the bridge still there?please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA
5/27/2013

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i see a bridge in the water in phoenixville.is the bridge still there?please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA
5/27/2013

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Reading Company Pickering Valley Branch.

https://www.facebook.com/gregory.pawelski.9/media_set?set=a.588189104634048.1073741888.100003288929249&type=3

Gregory D. Pawelski
Wernersville, PA
7/17/2014

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As per my earlier question,the bridge I am inquiring about crosses the French creek in Phoenixville on the old phoenix steel property.Any one knows about this bridge I would appreciate it.

george oakley
reading, PA
7/20/2015

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My father designed the theater in Yellow Springs starting around 1977. Having an office in Yellow Springs, we used to visit Hallmans General store on Rt 113 & Pikeland road daily for lunch, gas etc. Mr Hallman was a very nice man and so was his family.

At the time Mr Hallman had a picture of the steam engine outside his store up on the overhead rail track. An incredible picture. The rail stantions are still there. I have not been there in some time. Does anyone know if they have this historic picture posted in the store any longer?

Gregory C.
Philadelphia, PA
9/25/2015

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George Oakley, that bridge you are asking about is in imminent danger of being washed away! The embankment on the town side was loose fill and the creek is working through it behind the abutment. The bridge itself has moved about a foot off its anchorages with a crack about 18inches wide and who knows how deep appearing in the soil on the town side. It's EZ to get too just in front of the Phoenixville Borough Office. Next big flood may do it.

James Price
Phoenixville PA
10/29/2015

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Thanks for responding to my question about that bridge james.I believe you about that bridge being washed away after seeing what's left of it on google maps.Of course, you are from and probably live in Phoenixville which leads me to believe that you have seen this bridge.Thanks again for the information.I will let you know if and when I can get into Phoenixville to see this bridge if it isn't washed away by then.Let me know if anything happens.Thanks.

george oakley
reading, PA
10/30/2015

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