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trainwatcher1100

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Brownstone & Middletown RR (PA)
 
« on: May 12th, 2005, 3:43am »
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Just noticed this little abandoned line in my RR Atlas. It ran due south off the Reading, just east of today's Middletown & Hummelstown. All I could find on Google was a bunch of lists that include the name, and the single fact that its passenger station and ROW were abandoned in 1937.
 
Anybody know more, or have any photos?
 
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« Reply #1 on: May 18th, 2005, 7:11pm »
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There are few photographs available, though I have seen very few.
 
The right of way still exists, for the most part, save for a shopping center, a Rt. 322 interchange, and a farmer's field.  It is now a hiking trail from Woods Road up the Bullfrog Valley (Penna Dutch, "Walley"), in Derry Township, through a developement in what was once the Brownstone Quarry, to Waltonvill Road.
 
The junction with the Reading's Lebanon Valley Branch was at "Brownstone", the line's northern terminus, which is still a timetable location on NS.  The right of way now forms an access road by which NS reaches it's property, on the east side of Hummelstown.  There is a photograph of the small, brownstone passenger station in the Holton Reading books.


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« Reply #2 on: May 18th, 2005, 8:05pm »
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SamRail -
 
Welcome to the forums, and thanks for the info! Good to know that at least some of the ROW still exists, 68 years after abandonment. From what you've shared, it's fairly obvious that the B&M's fortunes were tied to the quarry. Do you know which quit first, the quarry or the railroad?
 
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 11th, 2009, 11:27am »
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According to an article in the MILEPOST the magazine for members of the Friend of the RR Museum of PA in their Dec. 2002 issue the railroad and quarry died at the same time 1929 when the demand for brownstone was supplanted by other modern building materials.  The last B&M train ran July 1, 1929.  The first train ran May 8, 1885.  The line sat fallow for several years till it was scrapped in 1935.  The scrapper actually fired up one of the old B&M engines and used it to pull up rail.  The B&M corporately dissolved in 1939.  If you visit the RR museum in Strasburg you can probably purchase a back issue of the magazine with the article.  If it is not in the gift shop they can retrive it for you and mail it or you could call ahead and pick up a copy.  It has lots of pictures of engines, tickets, and rolling stock.

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 8th, 2009, 7:40am »
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Never knew this line existed. I looked at historical.maptech.com and saw it; they have it listed as the waltonville railroad(?).. ken

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 11th, 2009, 10:37am »
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Yes, the railroad ended up in the area known as Waltonville (Derry Township), name in honor of Allen Walton, who opened the quarries.

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« Reply #6 on: Jul 2nd, 2009, 5:51pm »
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Hey Guys,
 
Just saw your posts on the Brownstone.
 
As info - the Hummelstown Historical Society has an excellant book on the Brownstone in their library - it worthwihile checking out.  Their contact info is readilty available.
 
Second, in addition to the R-O-W discussed, another short segment stretches northwestward from the Sheetz in Hummelstown, along the motel, and deadends at the Reading's Harrisburg Line (now NS).  It's a gravel road to a small tank farm.  The end is the general location of the station.
 
Third, I poked around the quarry / stone processing area back in the mid 90's.  It was a nice area to explore.  I recall some abandoned blocks of red sandstone were present with sawmarks still visable.  Stone products from the quarry were in high demand at one time.
 
Fourth, actually found a passenger ticket at one of the Gaithersburg shows years ago.  It's a round trip - Bownstone to Waltonville and return.  So, there's stuff still out there.
 
Hope this helps.  Should you have opportunity, check out the book at the historical society.  It contains numerous B&W photos.
 
Good hunting,
 
Brasshat


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