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Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad

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Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad

Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad
Reporting mark SWP
Locale Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 1995–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 66
Headquarters Oakmont, Pennsylvania
SWP locomotive, which was used in the movie Unstoppable, at the Scottdale train station

The Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark SWP) is a shortline railroad that operates in southwestern Pennsylvania. The SWP uses rail branches that were acquired from CSX Transportation (originally the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad), as well as Conrail (originally the Pennsylvania Railroad). All of the track used by the SWP is in either Fayette or Westmoreland counties. SWP provides local service to many customers in the area, connecting them to the outside world via interchanges with Norfolk Southern, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad, and CSX. SWP has been vital in the location of several new industries to Fayette and Westmoreland Counties in recent years.

The main line of the SWP railroad runs as far north as Radebaugh in Hempfield Township. It then passes Greensburg and Scottdale (the location of the railyard) to an interchange with NS and W&LE in Everson. The SWP mainline passes through the coal towns of Owensdale and Broadford, before reaching a junction with CSX. The SWP operates over CSX tracks through Connellsville; it then runs south through Dunbar, Pennsylvania, and Mt Braddock to Uniontown. The route ends after passing through Fairchance and Smithfield.

The railroad features several branch lines. One travels to Yukon (in South Huntingdon Township) to serve a box and packaging facility. Another branch runs from Everson to Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania and New Stanton. Here, the Westmoreland Rail Freight Terminal, a large bulk transload facility, is served. This location also has a new ethanol plant under construction. Another branch serves a large coal terminal in Bullskin Township.

The Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad's operational headquarters are located in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. The SWP is operated by Carload Express, Inc., which also operates two other shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR), serving the Pittsburgh area, and the Camp Chase Railroad (CCRA), serving the Columbus, Ohio area.

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