York Railway

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York Railway
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Reporting markYRC
LocaleSoutheastern Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1999–
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
HeadquartersYork, Pennsylvania

The York Railway (reporting mark YRC) is a shortline railroad operating 42 miles (68 km)[1] of track in and near York, Pennsylvania. The company was created in 1999 through a consolidation of Yorkrail, Inc. (reporting mark YKR) and the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad (M&P), both owned by the Emons Railroad Group, and it immediately sold the property thus acquired to limited liability lessor subsidiaries with the same names (Yorkrail, LLC and Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Company, LLC).[2] Genesee & Wyoming Inc. gained control of the company, and the other Emons properties, in 2002.

The York Railway operates two parallel main lines, extending southwest from York to CSX Transportation interchanges. The M&P's main line, an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line it acquired from the Penn Central Transportation Company in 1976, begins at a connection with the Norfolk Southern Railway in York and runs to CSX at Hanover. Most of the M&P's original line from York to Baltimore has been abandoned, but a short piece in York is still operated. The Yorkrail line, running from a junction with the M&P in York to CSX at Porters, was opened in 1893 by the Baltimore and Harrisburg Railway (Eastern Extension), a predecessor of the Western Maryland Railway, and sold by CSX Transportation to Yorkrail in 1989.[3] The York Railway owns three ex-ATSF CF7 diesels: #1500 (the last such locomotive built), 1502 and 1504 that were usually operated as a pair, and alternated to equalize operating hours. The 1502 and 1504 have been parked for several years in a dead line between Hokes Mill Road (Route 182) and South Sumner Street in York, PA, along with GP9 1754. In early February 2018 the railway removed a traction motor from No. 1504 and put it in No. 1606, an EMD GP16. The three in the deadline will eventually be scrapped. The railroad also operates ex-CSX GP16 diesels #1600, 1602, 1604 and 1606 as well as a pair of LTEX GP15-1s numbered 1414 and 1444.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Association of American Railroads, Freight Railroads Operating in Pennsylvania, 2006
  2. ^ Railroad Retirement Board, Employer Status Determination: York Railway Company et al., September 19, 2000
  3. ^ Edward A. Lewis, American Shortline Railway Guide, 5th Edition, Kalmbach Publishing, 1996, pp. 188-189, 345

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