Railroad, Pennsylvania

Is there a town called Railroad, Pennsylvania?  The answer is yes.  To answer the next question, there is a railroad in the town of Railroad.  It owes its existence to the Northern Central Railway that connected the ports of the city of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland to the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania.  However, it was not always called Railroad.  It was originally called Shrewsbury Junction because it was the closest main line service to the town of Shrewsbury, which was served by the Stewartstown Railroad, a spur line from the Northern Central Railroad that also connects the town of Stewartstown.

When Hurricanes Agnes destroyed much of the railroad in 1972, the town of Railroad did not see the railroad, and Harrisburg was no longer connected to the ports of Baltimore by rail.  A single rail line remained while the other line was removed to become the York County Heritage Trail.  The rails that passed through Railroad did not see the railroad.

In June of 2013, ‘Steam Into History’ began to run along the rails through the town.  The town of Railroad was seeing the railroad again.

Today, you can still see the railroad in Railroad (now rebranded as the Northern Central Railway).  The town consists of a bed and breakfast, and old factory no longer in use, and a crab shack.  If you ever visit the town, you will be very fortunate to see the railroad in Railroad.

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