Abandoned Rails of

Winchester, Virginia

Winchester was the "end of the line" for a Pennsylvania RR branch that extended southwest from Hagerstown, MD, through Martinsburg,WV to Winchester. Most of this branch was sold to the local short-line Winchester and Western (WW) around the time when Conrail was created in 1976. A new connection with existing WW trackage was made north of downtown.

The former PRR track and sidings in Winchester were then abandoned, although several of the rail sidings are still in place. The produce warehouses formerly served by the PRR now use trucks.

Former Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Station in Winchester, VA, ...
Former Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Station in Winchester, VA, adjacent to US 50. The station building is now used as a local theater and child care center. Conrail boxcar at left is on a remnant of the station track; car is used for storage. Other track remnants are buried in the gravel parking lot. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2003.
These rails are former PRR sidings that served the refrigerated ...
These rails are former PRR sidings that served the refrigerated produce warehouses (large brick buildings in the background) in Winchester. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2003.

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