Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad

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Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad
RBMN Logo.jpg
Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad system map.svg
Reporting mark RBMN
Locale Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 1983–
Predecessor Conrail
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 300 miles (480 km)
Headquarters Port Clinton, Pennsylvania
Website Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad

The Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (reporting mark RBMN) (a.k.a. Reading and Northern Railroad) is a regional railroad operating in eastern Pennsylvania.


RBMN operates the following two divisions on 300 miles (483 km) of track:



Reading and Northern (RBMN) hopper cars loaded with Anthracite in the trainyard of Blaschak Coal Company, Mahanoy City, PA. Owned and operated by the RBMN it is a remnant of a combined yard that containted 20 miles (32 km) of trackage when the nearby Old St. Nicholas coal breaker—the world's largest—was in operation.

RBMN operated occasional passenger excursions utilizing restored steam locomotive #425. In addition, RBMN operates the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, a heritage railway based in Jim Thorpe. RBMN interchanges with the following railroads:

Marcellus Shale[edit]

Between 2009 and 2010, RBMN expanded operations due to the emergence of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania. The railroad spent $100,000 to transform an outdated and lightly used Pittston Yard near Wilkes-Barre. RBMN also purchased two new locomotives, 101 rail cars and 6 miles (9.7 km) of track between Monroeton and Towanda where much of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale economic activity is focused.[1]


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Preceded by
Wisconsin and Southern Railroad
Regional Railroad of the Year
Succeeded by
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad