PRR Chartiers Branch - Traffic
In the early 1900s, a railroad employee counted a total of 130 trains in a 24-hour period on the branch! Before WWII, there were 9 regularly-scheduled passenger trains every day, 10 on both Thursday and Friday, and 11 on Saturday. However, the vast majority of traffic on the line was, coal! The Chartiers Branch served 25 mines in 1916, as well as received much coal from the other railroad connections. Heavy industries later developed along the line, which included steel plants, glass plants, brick works, lumber mills, chemical companies, mills, a transformer manufacturer, a bridge manufacturer, and various other manufacturing facilities. Coal deliveries were made to power houses along the line as well. Passenger trains also carried milk from the farms in Northern Washington county. Up until the late 1940s, there was a large volume of passenger traffic. (source of photo from prr_panhandle_pa Yahoo! group contribution)