Octoraro Railway

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Octoraro Railway
Reporting mark OCTR
Locale Chester County, Pennsylvania and New Castle County, Delaware
Dates of operation 1977–1994
Predecessor Conrail
Successor Delaware Valley Railroad
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Kennett Square, Pennsylvania[1]

The Octoraro Railway was a shortline railroad that operated in Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1994.

The company was formed in 1976, it obtained a lease from SEPTA to operate freight trains on the Octoraro Branch, a former Pennsylvania Railroad branch line, between Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the state line near Sylmar, Maryland. It also leased the Wilmington and Northern Railroad, a former Reading Company branch, from Elsmere Jct. (Wilmington, Delaware) to South Modena (Modena, Pennsylvania). The company then created a connection between the two lines at Chadds Ford. [2][3][4]

The Octoraro Railway ceased operations on June 30, 1994, the Delaware Valley Railway acquired the company on July 1, 1994.[5]

Successor operations[edit]

Delaware Valley, a subsidiary of RailAmerica, operated the line until 1999, followed by the Brandywine Valley Railroad (BVRY),[5] the Morristown and Erie Railway provided freight service from July 1, 2003, to November 18, 2004, but operated under the trade name of Octoraro Railroad.[4] East Penn Railway took over operation in 2004 and purchased the right of way from SEPTA;[6] in 2007 the company merged to become East Penn Railroad and operated the Octoraro line until July 1st 2017.[7] The Lehigh Eastern bought the Octoraro Line in July 2017, the East Penn RailRoad still operates on the line but does not own it. Starting July 5th 2017 the Lehigh Eastern RailRoad will take all operations of the line.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gress, Karen K. (1989-04-20). "Octoraro Keeps on Chugging". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  2. ^ Baer, Christopher T. "PRR Chronology: 1976" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  3. ^ Baer, Christopher T. "PRR Chronology: 1977" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). Washington, DC (2003-07-24). "Morristown & Erie Railway, Inc.--Modified Rail Certificate," Federal Register, 68 FR 43783.
  5. ^ a b STB (1999-06-10)."Certificate of Designated Operator, Brandywine Valley Railroad Company." Decision no. STB D-OP No. 100. See footnote 1 in the STB certificate.
  6. ^ STB (2004-12-21). "East Penn Railway, Inc.—-Modified Rail Certificate." Federal Register, 69 FR 76522.
  7. ^ "East Penn Railroad, LLC." Accessed 2011-03-19.