Gettysburg and Northern Railroad

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Gettysburg and Northern Railroad
Reporting mark GET
Locale Adams and Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 2001–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 25 mi (40.2 km)
Headquarters Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Website Gettysburg and Northern Railroad

The Gettysburg and Northern Railroad (reporting mark GET) is a short-line railroad located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The railroad operates a 25-mile (40 km) long line running between Gettysburg in Adams County and Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County. The Gettysburg and Northern Railroad is owned by Pioneer Railcorp.


The Gettysburg and Northern Railroad operates a 25-mile (40 km) long line running from Gettysburg in Adams County north to Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County. Between Gettysburg and Mount Holly Springs, the railroad serves Biglerville, Aspers, Gardners, Peach Glen, Hunters Run, and Upper Mill. The Gettysburg and Northern Railroad interchanges with CSX Transportation in Gettysburg and the Norfolk Southern Railway in Mount Holly Springs. Among the products carried by the railroad are canned goods, pulpboard, soda ash, grain, and scrap paper. The Gettysburg and Northern Railroad is owned by railroad holding company Pioneer Railcorp.[1]


The railroad was built in the late 19th century and opened in 1891 as the Gettysburg and Harrisburg Railway. The line was later leased to the Reading Railroad and operated as the "Gettysburg Branch." The bankrupt Reading Railroad became part of Conrail in 1976, however the Gettysburg Branch was left out of the Conrail system. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation took over the branch and sold the line to a new company, the Blairsville & Indiana Railroad, in 1976; this company changed its name to Gettysburg Railroad.[2] In 1996, the Gettysburg Railroad was sold to RailAmerica subsidiary Delaware Valley Railroad Company, which operated the line as the Gettysburg Railway.[3] In 2001, the Gettysburg Railway was sold to Pioneer Railcorp and the Gettysburg and Northern Railroad took over operations.[4]


  1. ^ "Gettysburg & Northern Railroad". Pioneer Railcorp. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Edward A. (1996). American Short Line Railway Guide (5th ed.). Milwaukee, WI: Kalmbach. p. 134. ISBN 0-89024-290-9. 
  3. ^ U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1996). "Report Form 10-K: RailAmerica, Inc.,". 
  4. ^ "Pioneer Railcorp-Continuance in Control Exemption-Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co". Surface Transportation Board. February 27, 2001. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 

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