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Union County Industrial Railroad
 

CUSTOMER QUOTE:

“I've been working with this shortline since 1988 and believe that anyone would have a hard time finding a business that is more customer aware and involved with the communities 
than the North Shore System is. All of their employees that I've worked with, from car maintenance, track maintenance, car hire, dispatch and all of the crews are
professional and ready to serve in any way.”

Ralph R. Shrawder
Acting Manager
PA Distribution


 


 

Serving Customers from New Columbia to Winfield, PA Since 1995

Today, Union County Industrial Railroad is a 14 mile shortline that interchanges with Norfolk Southern in Northumberland and Canadian Pacific Railway in Sunbury. In December 2013, the completion of the restoration of the White Deer Bridge effectively restored service to Allenwood, PA and, in particular, Great Stream Commons (GSC). GSC is one of only three known sites in PA that offers highway and rail access and the option of being able to site a two million square foot building.    

The present Union County Industrial Railroad extends from its southern terminus at Winfield, PA, through West Milton to Allenwood, PA. This was Reading Railroad territory. At West Milton, the Reading’s “SS&L” (Shamokin, Sunbury & Lewisburg) line met its “Catawissa Railroad” which continued northward to Williamsport. The line from West Milton, through New Columbia to Newberry Jct at Williamsport, was part of the Reading’s longest and most lucrative haul, from the Port of Philadelphia to friendly western connections. The antecedent of this line was the Catawissa, Williamsport & Erie Railroad (CW&E RR), which had been incorporated in 1829 as the Little Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad, but never reached Catawissa. The new CW&E RR in 1854 finished construction of the line as far west as Milton, Pa, where a connection was made with the Sunbury & Erie Railroad. For the next fifteen years, Williamsport was reached by operating its trains over the Sunbury & Erie. By 1860, the CW&E RR had fallen under the influence of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, which reorganized the line as simply the Catawissa Railroad. This company continued its separate existence until 1953, when it was merged into its parent. With the formation of Conrail in 1976, Williamsport-bound traffic was moved to the former Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) Buffalo Main and the “Catawissa route” was in large part abandoned. The remaining trackage was sold by Conrail in 1995, at which time the Union County Industrial Railroad was formed to operate the line.

 

Union County Industrial Railroad

Services & Facilities

Rail to Truck - Team Track Services
Ground Level Team Track


Stations Served

Station Name
FSAC
SPLC
Zip Code
Other information
Northumberland, PA
67756
203717
17857
NS Interchange Station
Milton UCIR, PA
67754 NS
203717
17847
Sunbury, PA
50
203727
17801
CPRS Interchange Station
West Milton, PA
67567
205133
17886
New Columbia, PA
67755
205115
17856
Lewisburg, PA
67751
205123
17837
Wildcat Minerals - Transload Terminal
Winfield, PA
67753
205143
17889

Director of Operations
Tom Avery 570.473.7949 ext 15

Superintendent of Operations
Randy Ulrich 570.473.7949 ext 35

Physical Address
356 Priestley Avenue
Northumberland, PA 17857

The northbound Union County Local rolls through Montandon.



356 Priestley Avenue ~ Northumberland, PA 17857 ~ 570.473.7949
Dedicated to safely and efficiently serving our region's industries for 30 years.