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New Castle Industrial Railroad

Pennsylvania shortline

Formed in 1991, the New Castle Industrial Railroad is a local switching shortline serving various industrial sites and railroad (re)building services in and around New Castle, Pennsylvania. The operation utilizes right of way and rehabilitated trackage left over from fallen flag lines that once served the New Castle area, including the Pennsylvania, the Baltimore & Ohio, and the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. Today, regular interchange is made with CSX and Norfolk Southern, as well as occasional traffic from the Buffalo & Pittsburgh. Commodities handled include steel products, scrap metal, recycling, fracking sand, salt, and Kasgro specialty railcars.


Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical Society

The Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical Society -- a former NRHS chapter involved in a number of restoration projects -- for several years hosted an annual summertime caboose ride day in cooperation with the New Castle Industrial. Society-owned and privately-held cabooses were gathered in short train sets for a brisk ride from West Pittsburgh north across the Shenango River, and return.

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