Allentown and Auburn railroad question

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Allentown and Auburn railroad question

Postby frankgaron2 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:46 am

It's a long shot but any chance anybody knows the exact route of the former Allentown and Auburn railroad west of Port Clinton and crosses the Schuylkill River and heads towards Auburn?

I've been able to trace it to the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River a few miles west of Port Clinton and from there it seems to vanish into thin air. I literally have no idea what the alignment would've been from there on into Auburn.

We've been able to field inspect most all of the line from Allentown to Auburn with the exception of the last mile or so. You'd be surprised at how much of the right-of-way there still is to see.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, maps, photos, you name it!


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Re: Allentown and Auburn railroad question

Postby CarterB » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:06 am

If you go to and look at the 1891 topo of Port Clinton you will see the route to Auburn.
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Re: Allentown and Auburn railroad question

Postby choess » Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:39 pm

That's the PRR's Schuylkill Branch, not the Allentown Railroad. I vaguely recall that the P&R's ownership of the right-of-way came into play when the PRR was surveying through there, but I don't remember details or have maps.
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