West Chester Railroad

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West Chester Railroad is a photographic essay of the railroad that linked the borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania, via Media to Philadelphia. West Chester (25 miles west of Philadelphia and 17 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware) was connected to Philadelphia by the West Chester & Philadelphia Railroad in 1858. It came under control of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1881. The Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad combined to form Penn Central Transportation Company in 1968, and following bankruptcy came under Consolidated Rail Corporation. In 1983, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) began operating the Media-West Chester line until 1986 when service was cut back to Elwyn. During 1996, Four States Railway Service leased from SEPTA a 6.405-mile segment of the line between West Chester and Glen Mills in Pennsylvania. Volunteers spent a year to rebuild trackage and began West Chester Railroad passenger excursion service in 1997. Team effort that included on site editor Beth Keates, Joe Giacchino, Skip Small, Don Calendar, Brian Woodcock and West Chester Railroad volunteers whose dedication, knowledge, pictures, and experience in preserving 160 years of railroad history made this book possible. Kenneth C. Springirth, the author of forty-four books on railroads and trolley car lines completed the writing for publication. He commuted by public transit to Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, graduating in 1962.
ISBN: 9781634993067
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Pennsylvania
Series: America Through Time
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
KENNETH C. SPRINGIRTH, the author of forty-four books on streetcar and railroad lines, has an interest in rail history as his father was a street car motorman in Philadelphia, and his grandfather was a street car motorman in Washington, D.C. A native of Philadelphia, he commuted to Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia by trolley car, subway, and sometimes commuter rail, graduating in 1962.
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