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Old Central PA Railroads

Anyone have any info on the old narrow gauge railroads in Central PA besides the EBT? Like the Tuscarora, Tuscarora Valley, Path Valley, and Newport and Shermans Valley? We visited the EBT last fall and I started reading about the rest. They operated from late 1800's to maybe 1925ish, some never got past incorporation. Can't find too much on line. Thanks.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2010, 04:40 PM
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I'll send this to a buddy of mine at work. He's not a member here, but he's a train guru. Maybe he'll join to answer your question.

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Did he live near you in Smithton ? If not, he'd be in his glory with all the trains that roll through there. That is one active line. Not sure where they all go, but they sure don't let the grass grow under em. They're smokin.

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There's a whole series of books about the logging railroads of PA, which were narrow gauge. I'm pretty sure one of that series of books covers that region.You can find them at Otto Bookstore in Williamsport. They have a website.

There's also a very good book called "The Ol' Hook and Eye" by John Hartzler, about the Kishacoquillas Valley Railroad, which was a standard gauge shortline that went to Belleville. If you Google it, you will find the author's website.

If you've never gone to Orbisonia and checked out the steam train and old station there, it's an absolute must. VERY cool indeed if you like train stuff.
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Make sure you get the second edition that just came out last year. It's updated with new info and photos. Very interesting book for me, as it's about this area and I love to look at old photos. Here's the link.
http://www.kvrr.net/main.php

Theres a series of 12 or 13 books on old railroads, one being called "Pitch Pine and Prop Timber" that has some interesting stuff about central Pa. too.

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get in touch with your local chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society (title may be a little off). They have local chapters. talk with those folks, and you will find all you could possibly want to know about old RR's in your area. I do some ecotour work with a local scenic RR and I get to see the folks from the various chapters when they come ride our RR. They are totally into old RR's.
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Thanks for the replies. I found some old books, its neat to just see the photos from 100-125 years ago. Life looked hard back then.
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