Latrobe to Whitney

The Unity Branch

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The Unity Branch Complex was anchored at Latrobe, PA, along the Pennsylvania Railroad's mainline between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA. It extended south from Latrobe and served a number of mills in the area via three branch lines:

  • The Unity Branch
  • The Lippincott Branch
  • The Whitney Branch

The Lippincott Branch traveled east through Hostetter to Baggaley (and the Baggaley Mine and Coke Works), while the Whitney Branch traveled south to Whitney.

Out of the Whitney/Lippincott/Unity Branch complex, only a one-mile section of the Unity Branch remains. Currently this is used as a storage yard for Norfolk Southern. The Whitney Branch was de-designated as a branch in 1943, but was still used as a siding into the 1950s. The Lippincott Branch was still active into the 1950s, but only to Hostetter; when the Hostetter Mine closed in 1962, it was shortly thenafter when the branch was abandoned.

Thanks to Alix Kunkle for contributing information about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 22695 Date: 7/8/1963 Section: 1(18)
Application & R. to Q. for authority to abandon and discontinue operations over that portion of its Unity Branch extending from Val. Station 210+00 to its terminus at Val. Station 342+75, a distance of 2.51 miles, located in the Township of Unity, Westmoreland Co., Pa.
Length: 2.51 miles Citation:  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 23576 Date: 3/25/1965 Section: 1(18)
Application and Ret. to Quest. for authority to abandon its Lippincott Branch to its terminus at Val. Sta. 46/85, a distance of approx. 0.89 mi., in Westmoreland County, Pa., and abandon operations thereover.
Length: 0.89 miles Citation:  
PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 24227 Date: 7/1/1966 Section: 1(18)
Application for authority to abandon that portion of its Unity Branch, extending from Val. Sta. 123/55 to its terminus at Val. Sta. 210/00, a distance of 1.64 miles, together with 1.46 miles of side track, in Westmoreland Co., Pa.
Length: 1.64 miles Citation:  

i noticed possible abandoned rail and equipment on the map.is the rail and the equipment still there?please let me know.thank you.

george oakley
reading, PA
5/27/2013

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NS uses the line to end of track along 981. Industrial yard and MOW equipment storage there. There was a meeting in Latrobe a year ago. They were doing a study of a trail on the line from that point west to the Saint Vincent complex, but routing the trail north into Latrobe would be very complex. 981 is a very busy road. I hope someday this might become a reality.

Rich Ballash
Latrobe, PA
10/27/2013

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thank you for responding.for some unknown reason i cannot get the map of the rail line up.weird.well anyway like you said there was talk of a possible trail.that would be great.keep in touch and let me know if you hear anything.thanks.

george oakley
reading, PA
10/28/2013

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My Great Great Grandfather was Ralph Baggaley.My line is from second marriage.I believe Baggaley was named after his son from first marriage,Robert Baggaley,superintendant of Baggaley Mine from 1897 to 1899.I wonder if Puritan(baggaley0 funded any of these railroads

Ralph
Yardley, PA
6/23/2014

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