PRR Chartiers Branch - Introduction
This section of my web site contains all the prototype research information I have collected about the Pennsylvania Railroad's Chartiers Branch. Please note that I have no first-hand knowledge of this area. All information posted here is just from my own personal research. Information was collected from general Internet searches, postings in Yahoo! Groups discussion groups, the PRRT&HS The Keystone magazine, and personal correspondence. Therefore, do not use this web site as a primary source for research information; maybe just as a starting point if you are interested in this branch line.


The purpose of the Chartiers Branch was to connect Washington, Pennsylvania to the PRR's main line in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. It is a 23-mile branch that has a southwesterly/northeasterly direction in the area southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Name

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The branch was named after the Chartiers creek, which it follows and crosses a number of times. The Chartiers Creek flows north/northeasterly and empties into the Ohio River just west of Pittsburgh. The name "Chartiers" came from a half-French, half-Native American by the name of Peter Chartier, who settled near the watershed of the Chartiers Creek and built himself a trading post.


The map shown below is a portion of the one that came in The Keystone Vol.48 No.4. It is dated November 1941, and is from Chuck Blardone's collection. The red lines are the PRR's Panhandle Division, the green line the Waynesburg & Washington RR, the thick black lines are other PRR divisions, and the thinner black lines are other railroads. The Chartiers Branch is the red line from Carnegie to Washington, and is labeled the "P.C.C. & St.L. R.R."
In this map I have labeled some of the key points along the Chartiers Branch. It is also dated November 1941. Follow the heavy black line down through Bridgeville, Canonsburg, and down to Washington. That is the Chartiers Branch itself. Although much of the Chartiers Branch appeared to be double-tracked back then, it was actually two railroads providing each other trackage rights. One was owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PCC & StL) and the other was owned by the Pittsburgh, Chartiers & Youghiogheny Rwy (PC&Y). As if that wasn't enough coverage, the Pittsburgh & West Virginia (PWV) paralleled the Chartiers Branch from Carnegie to Bridgeville up to about a couple of hundred yards away and about 50 to 100 feet up (the PRR Chartiers Branch was in the valley by the creek, and the P&WV line was up on the ridge, so to say). There was also a trolley line paralleling the Branch along much of its length. In the diagram there are two labels "start" and "end" "of modeled area". This was for my first S-scale layout, so just ignore that.