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Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad

Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad
Reporting mark EBGR
Locale Boyertown to Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 2010–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 8.6 miles
Headquarters Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Website http://www.ebgrr.com/

The Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad (reporting mark EBGR) was a short-line railroad in Pennsylvania that ran from Boyertown south to Pottstown, where it interchanged with the Norfolk Southern Railway. The railroad was operated by U.S. Rail Partners.

Contents

  • Operations 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Operations

The Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad operated the 8.6-mile (13.8 km) long Colebrookdale Spur between Boyertown and Pottstown.[1] In Pottstown, it interchanged with the Norfolk Southern Railway.[2] The railroad was owned by U.S. Rail Partners, which is based in Illinois. The tracks the railroad operatesd on are owned by Berks County.[1]

The inaugural run of a passenger service geared towards railfan tourism took place on January 17, 2014. The passenger line is expected to be ready for regular operation in October 2014.[3]

History

The Colebrookdale Railroad started building the railroad line between Boyertown and Pottstown in 1865 and trains started running in 1869. The Colebrookdale Railroad was leased by the Reading Railroad who operated the line until 1976, when it became a part of Conrail. Conrail planned to abandon the line, but the state of Pennsylvania acquired the line and hired operators. In March 2001, Berks County acquired the line for $155,000 to keep it active.[4] The Colebrookdale Spur was abandoned by the East Penn Railroad in 2008.[5][6] The Berks County Redevelopment Authority reactivated the line,[7] with the Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad appointed to operate the line beginning in October 2010.[8] The company is working on developing freight traffic on the line. In 2011, a tourist railroad was proposed to operate on the line.[1] Tourist passenger operations began in early October 2014 with a series of "soft" trips, intended to work out any operational issues before a full and widely advertised grand opening on October 18.

References

  1. ^ a b c Reichl, Matthew (September 25, 2011). "Would you take the train from Boyertown to Pottstown?". The Boyertown Area Times. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad".  
  3. ^ Newberry, Laura (January 20, 2014). "Caboose ride between Boyertown and Pottstown brings hopes of local railroad tourism". Reading Eagle. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Colebrookdale Spur".  
  5. ^ "EAST PENN RAILROAD, LLC-ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION-IN BERKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES, PA".  
  6. ^ Young, Mary E. (May 3, 2008). "Losing rail spur will hurt, Boyertown company says". Reading Eagle. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Duran, Carole (June 23, 2010). "Board continues Boyertown rail freight facility plan". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  8. ^ Young, Mary E. (September 3, 2010). "County OKs lease with railroad to reopen Boyertown-Pottstown line". Reading Eagle. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
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