North Pennsylvania Railroad Company

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The Philadelphia, Easton and Water-Gap Railroad Company was incorporated in Pennsylvania on April 6, 1852, and renamed the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company on October 3, 1853.

The company's object was to link Philadelphia with northeastern Pennsylvania and central and western New York, but it was only able to construct a line as far as Bethlehem (1853-1857) with a branch to Doylestown (1856), relying on connections with the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Bethlehem. As it occupied a minor traffic corridor, the North Penn was a relatively weak road until 1874, when it built a branch from Jenkintown to the Delaware River at Yardley which became a link in a second route between New York and Philadelphia. The so-called "New Line" opened on May 1, 1876, in time for traffic to the Centennial.

The New Line made the North Penn a more attractive property. The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company negotiated a long term lease on May 14, 1879, and the road was thereafter operated as part of the Reading system. This situtation lasted until the Reading entered bankruptcy in 1971. After several failed attempts to reorganize, the viable portions of the Reading lines were conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976. The North Penn then began selling off its remaining real estate and was finally liquidated between 1982 and 1990.

From the description of Records, 1836-1982. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86123711

Relation Name
associatedWith Brock, John P. 1823-1881. person
associatedWith Cassatt, A. J. 1839-1906. person
associatedWith Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. corporateBody
associatedWith Comly, Franklin A., 1813-1887. person
associatedWith Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith East Trenton Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Fell, J. Gillingham 1816-1878. person
associatedWith Fernon, Thomas S. 1818-1896. person
associatedWith Garrett, John W. 1820-1884. person
associatedWith Gould, Jay, 1836-1892. person
associatedWith Gowen, Franklin B. 1836-1889. person
associatedWith Harris, Joseph S. (Joseph Smith), 1836-1910. person
associatedWith Johnston, John Taylor, 1820-1893. person
associatedWith Kensington and Oxford Turnpike Road Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Knight, Edward C. 1813-1892. person
associatedWith Lathrop, Francis S., 1806-1882. person
associatedWith Lehigh and Delaware Water Gap Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lehigh and Lackawanna Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lehigh Valley Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith McNair, Thomas S. (Thomas Speer), 1824-1901. person
associatedWith Metzler, Christian E., collector. person
associatedWith Miller, Edward, 1811-1872. person
associatedWith North East Pennsylvania Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Philadelphia, Easton and Water Gap Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Reading Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Reading Company. Office of Secretary-Treasurer. person
associatedWith Roberts, George Brooke, 1833-1897. person
associatedWith Roberts, Solomon W. 1811-1882. person
associatedWith Sayre, Robert H. 1824-1907. person
associatedWith Scott, Thomas Alexander, 1823-1881. person
associatedWith Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith Stony Creek Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Taylor, Lewis H. 1811-1908. person
associatedWith United States Railway Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Welsh, John, 1805-1886. person
associatedWith Wilbur, E. P. 1833-1910. person
associatedWith Wyer, Dick, and Company. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Delaware River (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
New Jersey
Railroad accidents
Toll roads

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Active 1836

Active 1982



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SNAC ID: 36067432