The Philadelphia Division

The Philadelphia Division

The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Philadelphia Division was an essential part of the PRR system connecting deep-water ports and urban centers in Philadelphia, Camden, Baltimore, Wilmington and New York to the railroad's gateway west.  

Freight and passenger trains ran via separate electrified lines to the Harrisburg terminal area. The main line from Philadelphia follows the original alignment of the state-owned Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad to Lancaster which the PRR took control of in 1857. Direct access to Harrisburg from Lancaster was secured via the Harrisburg Portsmouth, Mt Joy & Lancaster Railroad, which later became the preferred route of the PRR’s fleet of blue ribbon passenger trains.  Freight and passenger trains ran via separate electrified lines to the Harrisburg terminal area. Freight traveled on a series of lines collectively known as the Low Grade a series of lines built at the turn of the century to reduce curvature and grades to improve.

At Creswell, the A&S joins the Columbia & Port Deposit from Baltimore via Perryville entering the historic city of Columbia. From here the line crosses the Susquehanna at Shocks Mills continuing along the former Northern Central accessing the Enola Yards on the west bank the Susquehanna in Harrisburg.

Harrisburg, the western terminus of the Philadelphia Division was home to a significant passenger terminal and freight yards as well as connections to the mainline west via Rockville, Hagerstown via the Cumberland Valley and Buffalo by way of the Williamsport Line. Freight classification took place at Enola Yard processing as many as 20,000 freight cars a day during the peak of World War II.

 West Philadelphia Elevated Branch and 36th Street Connection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

West Philadelphia Elevated Branch and 36th Street Connection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Interlocking, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interlocking, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Passenger Station, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Passenger Station, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Zoo Interlocking, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zoo Interlocking, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Overbrook Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Overbrook Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Pier 122, Greenwich Point, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pier 122, Greenwich Point, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Schuylkill River Bridge, Manayunk, Pennsylvania

Schuylkill River Bridge, Manayunk, Pennsylvania

 Tulpehocken Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tulpehocken Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Fly-over Bridge, 52nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fly-over Bridge, 52nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Delair Bridge, Pennsauken, New Jersey

Delair Bridge, Pennsauken, New Jersey

 Passenger Station, Wayne, Pennsylvania 

Passenger Station, Wayne, Pennsylvania 

 Paoli, Pennsylvania 

Paoli, Pennsylvania 

 Low Grade Fly-over, Whitford, Pennsylvania 

Low Grade Fly-over, Whitford, Pennsylvania 

 A&S Branch and Mainline, Atglen, Pennsylvania

A&S Branch and Mainline, Atglen, Pennsylvania

 Interior Detail, Passenger Station, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Interior Detail, Passenger Station, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 Susquehanna River, Marietta, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna River, Marietta, Pennsylvania

 Shocks Mills Bridge, near Marietta, Pennsylvania

Shocks Mills Bridge, near Marietta, Pennsylvania

 State Interlocking, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

State Interlocking, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

 Cumberland Valley Bridge, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Cumberland Valley Bridge, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

 Enola Yard, West Fairview, Pennsylvania

Enola Yard, West Fairview, Pennsylvania

 Rockville Bridge, Marysville, Pennsylvania 

Rockville Bridge, Marysville, Pennsylvania 

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    Abandoned “D” Track Tunnel, Marysville, Pennsylvania 

Abandoned “D” Track Tunnel, Marysville, Pennsylvania