The Cumberland Valley Railroad
was an early railroad
, originally chartered in 1831 to connect with Pennsylvania’s Main Line of Public Works
. Freight and passenger service in the Cumberland Valley
in south central Pennsylvania from near Harrisburg
began in 1837, with service later extended to Hagerstown, Maryland
and then extending into the Shenandoah Valley
to Winchester, Virginia
During the American Civil War
the line had strategic importance in supplying Union troops in the Shenandoah Valley. It also ran the first passenger sleeping car
in the U.S. on the Chambersburg-Harrisburg route in 1839.
The Pennsylvania Railroad
(PRR) gained control of the CVRR as early as 1859, and officially purchased it on June 2, 1919. The PRR’s successor, the Penn Central
, closed all railway facilities in Chambersburg in 1972 and its successor, Conrail
, abandoned major pieces of the line in 1976.
The Cumberland Valley Railroad Company was chartered by the Pennsylvania Legislature on April 2, 1831, to... Read More