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Stops

To help organize the prototype data as I discover it, I have decided to make this page be the full listing of the known stops (based on the PRR C.T. 1000 May 1, 1945 edition), and refining it as I learn more about what the line looked like in the year that I model, 1924. Entries are limited to entities that had rail service, unless they happen to be located right next to one that did. If a company was formed after 1924 and served by the railroad, I will not list it here, as that is not the focus of my research. However, if a stop existed in 1924 (as near as I can determine, at least), and I happen to have information about that company after that year, I may include it (e.g. such as when the company closed).

About the Track

Technically speaking, the Chartiers branch track was actually two separate railroads. One track was Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way, and the other was Pittsburgh, Chartiers & Youghiogheny Rwy (PC&Y) right-of-way, with mutual trackage rights on both lines. The PC&Y, based in Mckees Rocks, PA, was co-owned by the PRR and the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. This second track was constructed between 1902 and 1904 by mostly Italian immigrants, which caused quite a stir with the mostly British-descendent population of the area. Period report indicated that the original track used 85-pound rail.

While I won't be modeling this, except for when it crosses over or comes very close to the Chartiers branch, from Carnegie to Bridgeville, the Pittsburgh & West Virginia (PWV) pretty much paralleled the PRR/PCY lines. Essentially, the PRR/PCY lines ran in the valley "floor" along the Chartiers creek, while the PWV ran up on the "ridge" above the valley. There were four PWV trestles bridges over the PRR/PCY lines.

Again, while I won't be modeling this, except for when it crosses over or comes very close to the Chartiers branch, Pittsburgh Railways operated a trolley line that closely paralleled the Branch along much of its length (more research is needed for this).

Stops

Below is a complete listing of the various key features of this branch line. I have included the actual prototype distances (in miles) from where the branch started, and then those same distances converted to S-scale (real-world feet & inches if I were to model the entire line in a very large building). For each entry for which I have more detailed prototype information, you can click on the name. Below this listing are the listings of the stops along the branch lines that this Chartiers branch had.

Main Branch Line

Actual

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Description

0.0

0'0"

Carnegie, PA main line junction

0.1

8'3"

station

0.1

8'3"

Raskin Lumber Co.

0.2

17'6"

freight house

0.3

25'9"

Gordon Lubricating Co.

0.4

33'

"KY" Junction #1

0.4

33'

P.C.&Y. Railway connection

0.8

66'

storage

1.0

83'6"

Glenn passenger station (no siding)

1.0

83'6"

junction main line (no siding)

1.6

132'

Leasdale, PA station

1.8

149'6"

Woodville, PA station

1.8

149'6"

P.C.&Y. Railway connection

2.5

206'3"

Bower Hill, PA

2.5

206'3"

J.B. Sipe & Company

2.7

223'9"

station

3.1

256'9"

Kirwan, PA. Universal Cyclops Steel Corp.

3.1

256'9"

Flannery Bolt Company; has P.C.&Y. Railway connection

3.1

256'9"

F.C. Mayer Mfg. Co.

3.1

256'9"

Vanadium Corporation of America

3.3

272'3"

station (no siding)

3.3

272'3"

General Electric Co.; Bridgeville Glass Works; has P.C.&Y. Railway connection

3.7

305'3"

Bridgeville, PA

3.7

305'3"

Silhol Lumber & Supply Co.

3.8

314'6"

freight station

3.8

314'6"

"BD" block station

3.8

314'6"

junction with Bridgeville & McDonald branch (no siding)

3.9

322'3"

passenger station

3.9

322'3"

passing siding - no carload delivery

5.6

462'6"

National Slope Colliery - H.C. Frick Coke Co.

6.4

528'6"

MayView, PA station

7.1

586'3"

Mayview State Hospital

7.1

586'3"

passing siding (no carload delivery)

7.5

619'3"

Boyce, PA station

7.7

635'3"

passing siding (no carload delivery)

7.8

644'6"

passing siding (no carload delivery)

8.3

685'9"

Hills, PA

8.3

685'9"

Montour RR interchange

8.8

726'

Montour Mine No. 4 on the interchange

8.4

693'

passing siding (no carload delivery)

8.5

701'3"

Hills station

9.5

784'

Bells Tunnel (guessed-at distance)

12.5

1031'9"

Morganza station

12.7

1048'3"

Pennsylvania Training School - power house

13.1

1081'3"

Richfol, PA passenger station (no passing siding)

13.1

1081'3"

Aluminum Corp. of America

13.1

1081'3"

Magnolia Colliery - Chartiers Gas Coal Co.

13.?

1081'?

Pennsylvania Transformer Company (did not move here until 1946)

13.6

1122'6"

Canonsburg, PA

13.6

1122'6"

The Philadelphia Company (former name of Duquesne Light Co.)

13.6

1122'6"

Hazel Mine

13.7

1130'9"

Fort Pitt Bridge Works

13.7

1130'9"

Canonsburg Pottery

13.7

1130'9"

Taylor & Crawford Lumber Mill

14.0

1155'6"

Canonsburg Milling Co.

14.1

1163'9"

Donaldson Supply & Equipment Co.

14.1

1163'9"

Canonsburg Passenger Station

14.1

1163'9"

Pennsylvania Paper Stock Co.

14.1

1163'9"

W. J. Elliot

14.1

1163'9"

Canonsburg Lumber Co.

14.1

1163'9"

Canonsburg Ice Co.

14.1

1163'9"

Howard Colliery (Verner Coal & Coke Co.)

14.3

1180'3"

Canonsburg Iron & Steel Iron Works

14.3

1180'3"

Canonsburg Light & Fuel

14.3

1180'3"

Hardy & Rankin

14.5

1196'9"

Altman's Cash Feed Store

14.5

1196'9"

Continental Can Co. (location unknown)

14.5

1196'9"

M. Rom & Sons No. 1

14.5

1196'9"

W. H. Dunlap Jr.

14.5

1196'9"

John A. Hoxworth

14.5

1196'9"

H. W. Mollenauer & Bros.

14.9

1229'9"

Houston, PA

14.9

1229'9"

W.S. George Pottery Co.

14.9

1229'9"

McFarlane Colliery - Robert McFarlane

14.9

1229'9"

Vitro Manufacturing Co.

15.1

1246'3"

Washington Grocery Corp.

15.1

1246'3"

T. C. Lumber Co.

15.1

1246'3"

American Brake Shoe Co.

15.1

1246'3"

storage on siding (no carload delivery)

15.2

1254'6"

"Houston" tower

15.2

1254'6"

junction with Westland branch (elev. 946ft)

15.3

1262'3"

station

15.3

1262'3"

Boyd Colliery - R.W. Boyd

15.8

1304'6"

passing siding (no carload delivery)

16.0

1321'

station

16.2

1337'6"

Lindley Colliery - Pittsburgh Coal Co.

17.9

1477'9"

Meadowlands, PA station

18.0

1485

junction with Meadowlands and Zediker siding

18.4

1518'

passing siding (no carload delivery)

18.4

1518'

Rich Hill Colliery - McClane Mining Co.

19.0

1568'6"

Enterprise Colliery - Springer Coal Co.

19.4

1601'

Pyramid Oil Co.

19.9

1642'3"

Arden, PA station

20.6

1700'

Sims Lumber Co.

21.1

1741'3"

Tylerdale, PA

21.1

1741'3"

F.J. Krees Box Co.

21.1

1741'3"

Protected Steel Products Co.

21.5

1774'3"

Washington Colliery - Hillman Coal Co.

21.6

1782'6"

Tylerdale Connecting Railroad

21.7

1790'9"

Dunbar & Wallace Lumber Co.

21.8

1799'

station

22.0

1815'6"

Washington, PA

22.0

1815'6"

O'Brien Steel Construction Co.

22.0

1815'6"

I. Richman & Co. No. 1

22.0

1815'6"

Russell Bros.

22.1

1823'9"

Fair Grounds

22.1

1823'9"

Sinclair Refining Co. No. 1

22.2

1832'

Duncan & Miller Glass Company

22.2

1832'

Star Foundry Co.

22.2

1832'

Household Products Co.

22.2

1832'

Albert Packing Co.

22.2

1832'

I. Richman & Co. No. 2

22.4

1848'6"

McVehil Plumbing Co.

22.5

1856'9"

City Coal Co.

22.5

1856'9"

Atlantic Refining Co.

22.5

1856'9"

Keystone Builders Supply Co.

22.6

1865'

Washington Ice Co.

22.6

1865'

W.A. Litle Lumber Co.

22.6

1865'

team tracks

22.7

1873'3"

freight station

22.7

1873'3"

passenger station Chestnut street

22.7

1873'3"

Waynesburg & Washington

22.7

1873'3"

M. Rom & Sons No. 2

22.7

1873'3"

Pennsylvania Mgr. Co.

22.8

1881'6"

Mississippi Glass Co.

23.0

1898'6"

engine house

23.3

1922'3"

Hazel-Atlas Glass Co. No. 1 Plant

23.5

1939'9"

Main Street station

23.5

1939'9"

P.C.C.&St.L. R.R. - end of main track

23.6

1947'

Judson Wiley & Sons

23.6

1947'

Hazel-Atlas Glass Co. No. 2 Plant

Bridgeville & McDonald Branch

The Bridgeville & McDonald branch broke off the Chartiers Branch at Bridgeville. It served the Bishop and Creedmore coal mines. It was abandoned in 1942, due to the mine closures. The Bridgeville and McDonald trail has since been built on the former branch right-of-way. The branch was supposed to run from Bridgeville to McDonald, but it never made it to McDonald, because the Montour RR cut off the PRR. The Bishop mine became the end of the line. This was in a little town called Venice. Passenger trains would run from Bishop to Pittsburgh, out in the morning, back in the evening.

Actual

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Description

0.0

0'0"

Bridgeville, PA station

0.0

0'0"

J.H. Lutz

0.5

41'3"

crosses "Chartiers Creek"

0.7

58'9"

Pittsburgh & West Virginia Ry. Co. interchange tracks, siding with two tracks, last goes to PWVA

0.8

66'

Ada Biron (coal mine?), trailing point left side

0.8

66'

Limestone Products Co.

1.0

83'6"

crosses "Millers Run" creek (which then flows into the Chartiers creek)

1.2

99'

crosses "Millers Run" tributary; elev. 828ft

1.4

116'6"

National Colliery - H.C. Frick Coke Co., siding, left, three tracks

1.5

124'9"

Sygan, PA station

1.6

132'

Pittsburgh & West Virginia Ry. Co. track-level crossing (right to left)

2.4

198'

Morgan, PA station

2.4

198'

crosses "Millers Run" tributary

3.0

248'6"

Treveskyn, PA station

3.3

272'3"

crosses "Millers Run" tributary

3.4

281'6"

Vulcan Colliery - Alex McLean Mining Co.; siding, right, two tracks and small spur

3.4

281'6"

crosses "Millers Run" tributary

3.5

289'9"

crosses "Millers Run" tributary

3.8

314'6"

P.&W.VA. R.R. crosses over track on bridge (left to right); elev. 890ft

4.3

355'3"

Gladden, PA station; elev. 910ft

4.7

388'3"

Leonard DeSmet Lumber Co.; facing point right spur

5.3

437'9"

Cecil, PA station (passing siding; became a Gulf gas station)

5.3

437'9"

junction with Miller's Run extension (turning wye to Creedmore mine)

5.3

437'9"

junction with B&M branch

6.4

528'6"

Bishop, PA. End Miller's Run extension. Bishop mine owned by Ridgeway Coal Company)

6.7

553'3"

end of Bridgeville & McDonald Branch

Westland Branch

The Westland Branch broke off the Chartiers Branch at Houston, PA, to serve the Westland coal mine. It was built in 1904. The Westland Branch itself had a two-mile branch to Palanka to serve its namesake mine. The Westland, and therefore the Palanka, branch was abandoned in 1955 due to the closures of the mines they served.

Actual

1:64

Description

0.0

0'0"

Houston, PA. "Houston" tower; elev. 946ft

0.1

8'3"

junction with Palanka branch

0.1

8'3"

station

0.3

25'9"

C.L. Reed Lumber Co.

0.3

25'9"

crosses "Chartiers Run" (creek)

2.8

231'

crosses "Chartiers Run"

3.5

289'9"

crosses "Chartiers Run" tributary; elev. 989ft

3.8

314'6"

Brevard, PA station

3.8

314'6"

Rae Coal Co.

3.8

314'6"

Indyke Construction Co.

3.9

322'3"

crosses "Chartiers Run"; elev. 994ft

4.6

380'

Westland, PA station

4.6

380'

crosses "Chartiers Run"

4.8

396'6"

crosses "Chartiers Run"

5.0

413'

end of track Westland branch

5.3

437'9"

end of Westland branch right of way; elev. 1018ft

Palanka Branch

Actual

1:64

Description

0.2

17'6"

Houston, PA. W.M. Templeton & Sons Grain Elevator

0.3

25'9"

Cummins spur

1.1

91'9"

passing siding (no carload delivery)

1.4

116'6"

Palanka, PA. Midland Colliery - Pittsburgh Coal Co.

1.7

140'3"

end of Palanka branch

Meadowlands and Zediker Siding

Actual

1:64

Description

1.7

140'3"

Houston, PA. End of Meadowlands and Zediker siding