East Penn Railroad

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For the Reading Company predecessor, see East Pennsylvania Railroad.
East Penn Railroad
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East Penn Railroad EMD GP18 1804 in Pennsburg
Reporting mark ESPN
Locale Pennsylvania
Delaware
Dates of operation 2007–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 114 mi (183.5 km)
Headquarters Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Website eastpennrr.com

The East Penn Railroad (reporting mark ESPN) is a short-line railroad that operates a number of mostly-unconnected lines in the U.S. states of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Except for two industrial park switching operations, all are former Pennsylvania Railroad or Reading Company lines, abandoned or sold by Conrail or its predecessors.

ESPN was formed in 2007 through the merger of East Penn Railways (reporting mark EPRY) and Penn Eastern Rail Lines (reporting mark PRL), each of which began operating in the 1990s. The railroad is owned by Regional Rail, LLC, which also owns the Middletown and New Jersey Railroad, Tyburn Railroad, and Conshohocken Recycling & Rail Transfer.[1]

History[edit]

East Penn Railroad (ESPN) was formed in 2007 by the merger of East Penn Railway and Penn Eastern Rail Lines. Since the merger, the railroad has improved service and infrastructure on lines with customer growth potential; weaker lines were abandoned or sold off. 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of track was returned to service. A yard was also constructed in Pocopson, Pennsylvania along the Wilmington & Northern (W&N). ESPN has acquired additional locomotives and replaced older locomotives to handle increased traffic, including the acquisition of two rebuilt EMD GP38-2's from GATX to be used along the W&N and Octoraro lines.[2]

ESPN attempted to abandon the Colebrookdale line between Pottstown and Boyertown in 2008; it was eventually purchased by Berks County.[3] In 2010, the Chester Valley line between King of Prussia and Bridgeport was abandoned and subsequently sold to Montgomery County so that it can become a part of the Chester Valley Rail Trail.

On August 1, 2011, the East Penn Railroad began operations on the York Industrial Track between York and Stony Brook, taking over operations from Norfolk Southern. In December 2012, the former Raritan River 40' boxcar #100, stored on East Penn tracks at its Quakertown depot, was restored, one of the few surviving pieces of equipment from the former Raritan River Railroad.[4]

Operations[edit]

ESPN operates 114 miles of track in eastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware with a roster of 14 locomotives.[5] The railroad operates multiple disconnected segments with locomotives assigned to each segment. Usually, two or three lines have service on a single day.[2]

Lines operated[edit]

East Penn Railroad ALCO RS-1 57 and GE B23-7 3153 in Quakertown

The East Penn Railroad operates the following railroad lines:

Former[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Regional Rail". Regional Rail, LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b "The East Penn Railroad" (PDF). iNShort. March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "East Penn Railroad, LLC-Abandonment Exemption-in Berks and Montgomery Counties, PA". Surface Transportation Board. September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Regional Rail begins operations on York Industrial Track". Regional Rail, LLC. August 2, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "East Penn Railroad, LLC". Regional Rail, LLC. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i East Penn Railroad Map (PDF) (Map). DeskMap Systems. 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b East Penn Railroad Map (Map). DeskMap Systems. 2007. 
  8. ^ Young, Mary E. (2008-05-03). "Losing rail spur will hurt, Boyertown company says". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  9. ^ Duran, Carole (2010-06-23). "Board continues Boyertown rail freight facility plan". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  10. ^ Young, Mary E. (2010-09-03). "County OKs lease with railroad to reopen Boyertown-Pottstown line". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  11. ^ colebrookdalerailroad.com
  12. ^ Newberry, Laura (January 20, 2014). "Caboose ride between Boyertown and Pottstown brings hopes of local railroad tourism". Reading Eagle. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 

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