The Sewickley Branch
The Sewickley Branch started at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Southwest Branch at Youngwood, PA, and served local mines to the east. It was composed of several smaller branches:
Each of these branches were named for a creek/river to which they ran adjacent, or for a township near the branch's end.
As the mines dwindled in output, so did the usefulness of the lines, until they were all abandoned by the 1980s.
|Docket: 11386||10/19/1936||Section: 1|
|App. for authority to abandon 1.5 miles of track at the terminus of the Sewickley Branch extending from its connection with the Bessemer Branch to its terminus in the village of Trauger, all in the County of Westermoreland, Pennsylvania.|
|Length: 1.500 miles||Citation:|
i noticed an abandoned beridge on the map.does anyone know if it is still there?please let me know.thank you.
I purchased part of the Marguerite branch from Shinsky Road to its terminus in or close to Marguerite. e-mail me if you wish.
i was just wondering about the bridge and if it was removed.please let me know.thanks.
The 'Unknown and Abandoned Right of way' marked on the map is, I believe, part of the old West Penn Railway Trolley Line. Notice the power line along the route - the trolley line mostly followed the power lines (the line provided power to the trolleys). If you follow the power line, you can, more or less, follow the old right of way. It was abandoned in the 50's.