"" AlexC wrote:
or the Phoenixville & West Chester (now the sort-of-abandoned, Devault line). That line comes off the lower end of the Perk, over to Montclair, across the viaduct, through Phoenixville down to Devault. It used to go to Fraser... but that was cut back lonnnnng ago. ""
Hey Alex. I would like to help out with that too. I'm an local historian of the PRR. I've lived in the area for 30 = years. I went to the vo - tech school in Phoenixville, The track runs behined the school, I saw alot of trains my four years going there. Every day at 12 noon. the conrail switcher would come through , with a train load of tank cars.
I even chased the line once and got the conrail crew on video. if I could ever come across that tape. lol.
The line was chartered as the Phoenixville & West Chester valley line, in 1882, It was merged into the PRR in 1884 to build the Schuylkill Valley Line. There was an spur line built off the P&WC line at Devalt to connect with the Reading's branch of the Chester Valley line.
At fraser the passengers would reboard the train that would go into West Chester.
On the Phoenixville side of this line between Pottshouse Rd. and the old West Company , there was an spur line that went to the Cement plant off Rt. 23. The Reading's Pickering branch also serviced this plant.
The PRR. had a wye track off the P & WC line to it's Schuylkill Valley line.
Almost all that row is in tacted.