Octoraro Railroad

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Octoraro Railroad
Reporting markOCTR
LocaleChester County, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1977–1994
PredecessorConrail
SuccessorDelaware Valley Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
 
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Octoraro Railroad
Reporting markOCTR
LocaleChester County, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1977–1994
PredecessorConrail
SuccessorDelaware Valley Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Octoraro Railroad was a shortline railroad that operated in Pennsylvania in the 1980s and 1990s.

The company was formed in 1977 and operated freight trains on the Octoraro Branch, a former Pennsylvania Railroad branch line (subsequently owned by SEPTA[1]) that ran from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania to the state line near Sylmar, Maryland.

At Chadds Ford, connection was made with a former Reading Company (Wilmington and Northern Railroad) branch.

The Octoraro Railroad ceased operations on June 30, 1994. The Delaware Valley Railway acquired the Octoraro Railroad on July 1, 1994.[2]

Successor operations[edit]

Delaware Valley, a subsidiary of RailAmerica, operated the line until 1999, followed by the Brandywine Valley Railroad (BVRY).[2] The Morristown and Erie Railway provided freight service from July 1, 2003 to November 18, 2004, but operated under the trade name of Octoraro Railroad.[1] East Penn Railway took over operation in 2004 and purchased the right of way from SEPTA.[3] In 2007 the company merged to become East Penn Railroad and continues to operate the Octoraro line.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). Washington, DC (2003-07-24). "Morristown & Erie Railway, Inc.--Modified Rail Certificate," Federal Register, 68 F.R. 43783.
  2. ^ a b STB (1999-06-10)."Certificate of Designated Operator, Brandywine Valley Railroad Company." Decision no. STB D-OP No. 100. See footnote 1 in the STB certificate.
  3. ^ STB (2004-12-21). "East Penn Railway, Inc.—-Modified Rail Certificate." Federal Register, 69 F.R. 76522.
  4. ^ "East Penn Railroad, LLC." Accessed 2011-03-19.