Corporate Genealogy
The Pennsylvania Railroad

CORPORATE HISTORY

The Pennsylvania Railroad was incorporated April 13, 1846, by a special act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, and was granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Letters Patent dated February 25, 1847. The Pennsylvania Railroad acquired the property, rights, and franchises of 27 railroad corporations. The Pennsylvania Railroad, itself and those corporations, together with their predecessors, total 107 different corporations, of which 16 underwent a change of name. These corporations, together with the priveleges and rights granted to the so-called Main Line of Public Works by a special act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, approved May 16, 1857, comprise the line of corporate succession culminating in the Pennsylvania Railroad as at present constituted. The following chart shows the names of the corporations, the respective dates of incorporation, and for each predecessor the date of succession. Reference to each of these corporations is made in the last column by its respective number shown in the first column.

No. Name Incorporation Succession
1 The Pennsylvania Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 13, 1846; letters patent dated Feb. 25, 1847  
2 Wrightsville, York and Gettysburg Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Feb. 28, 1837, Sold to 1 June 21, 1870
3 The Wrightsville and York Rail-Road Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 15, 1835 Consolidated Feb. 28, 1837, with 4 to form 2
4 Wrightsville and Gettysburg Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 21, 1836 Consolidated Feb 28, 1837 with 3 to form 2.
5 Columbia Bridge Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 23, 1864 Sold to 1 July 1, 1871.
6 The Columbia Bank See 7 8 and 9 Bridge and franchises pertaining thereto sold, July 12, 1864, to 5.
7 The Columbia Bank and Bridge Company See 8 and 9 Name changed to 6 July 1, 1852
8 The Columbia Bridge Company See 9 Name changed to 7 Mar 1, 1837
9 The president, managers, and company, for erecting a bridge over the Susquehanna River in the county of Lancaster, at or near the town of Columbia. Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 28, 1809 Name changed to 8 July 5, 1824
10 Schuylkill and Juniata Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, June 1, 1900 Merged with 1 Apr. 1, 1902
11 The North and West Branch Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Aug. 10, 1881 Consolidated June 1, 1900, with 13 18 19 and 28 to form 10.
12 North and West Branch Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 13, 1871; letters patent dated Feb. 8, 1872 Sold at foreclosure, July 5, 1881; reorganized Aug. 10, 1881, as 11.
13 Sunbury and Lewistown Railroad Company (of 1896) Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Oct. 1, 1896 Consolidated June 1, 1900, with 11 18 19 and 28 to form 10.
14 Sunbury and Lewistown Railroad Company (of 1876) Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Feb. 4, 1876 Consolidated Oct. 1, 1896, with 17 to form 13.
15 Sunbury and Lewistown Railroad Company See 16 Sold at foreclosure May 5, 1874; reorganized Apr.15, 1876, as 14.
16 Middle Creek Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 23, 1865. Name changed to 15 Feb. 17, 1870
17 Mifflin and Centre County Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 2, 1860; letters patent dated June 3, 1862. Consolidated Oct 1, 1896, with 14 to form 13
18 Nescopec Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, June 3, 1886. Consolidated June 1, 1900, with 11 13 19 and 28 to form 10.
19 The Pennsylvania Schuylkill Valley Railroad Company (of 1886). Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 29, 1886. Consolidated June 1, 1900, with 11 13 18 and 28 to form 10.
20 The Pennsylvania Schuylkill Valley Railroad Company (of 1885). Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Oct. 29, 1885. Consolidated Nov. 29, 1886, with 26 to form 19.
21 The Pennsylvania Schuylkill Valley Railroad Company (of 1883). Under general laws of Pennsylvania, June 1, 1883. Consolidated Oct. 29, 1885, with 25 to form 20.
22 Philadelphia, Norristown and Phoenixville Railroad Company. Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 20, 1882. Consolidated June 1, 1883, with 23 and 24 to form 21.
23 Phoenixville and West Chester Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 8, 1882. Consolidated June 1, 1883, with 22 and 24 to form 21.
24 Phoenixville, Pottstown and Reading Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 20, 1882. Consolidated June 1, 1883, with 22 and 23 to form 21.
25 The Reading and Pottsville Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 4, 1884. Consolidated Oct. 29, 1885, with 21 to form 20.
26 The Pottsville and Mahanoy Railroad Company Under the general laws of Pennsylvania, Dec. 29, 1883. Consolidated Nov. 29, 1886, with 20 to form 19.
27 Girardville Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, July 18, 1892. Merged June 1, 1893 with 19.
28 The Sunbury, Hazleton and Wilkesbarre Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, May 31, 1878. Consolidated June 1, 1900, with 11 13 18 and 19 to form 10.
29 Danville, Hazleton and Wilkesbarre Railroad Company See 30 Sold at foreclosure Mar. 20, 1878; reorganized May 31, 1878, as 28.
30 Wilkesbarre and Pittston Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 15, 1859. Name changed to 29 Apr. 10, 1867.
31 The Trenton Cut-off Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Dec. 3, 1889. Merged Apr. 1, 1902, with 1.
32 The West Chester Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Feb. 18, 1831. Merged Apr. 1, 1903, with 1.
33 Western Pennsylvania Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 22, 1860. Merged Apr. 1, 1903, with 1.
34 North Western Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Feb. 9, 1853; letters patent dated May 19, 1853. Sold at foreclosure July 5, 1859; reorganized as 33.
35 Downingtown and Lancaster Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, July 30, 1888. Merged Apr. 1, 1903, with 1.
36 East Brandywine and Waynesburg Railroad Company See 37. Sold at foreclosure June 7, 1888; reorganized as 35.
37 East Brandywine Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 31, 1854. Name changed to 36 Mar. 3, 1860.
38 The River Front Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, May 5, 1876. Merged Apr. 1, 1903, with 1.
39 The Turtle Creek Valley Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, May 7, 1886. Merged Apr. 1, 1903, with 1.
40 South Fork Railroad Company (of 1902) Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 1, 1902. Merged Apr. 1, 1903, with 1.
41 South Fork Railroad Company (of 1890) Under general laws of Pennsylvania, July 2, 1890. Consolidated Jan. 1, 1902, with 42 to form 40.
42 Scalp Level Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 1, 1897. Consolidated Jan. 1, 1902, with 41 to form 40.
43 Pittsburgh, Virginia and Charleston Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, through articles of consolidation, dated Sept. 26, 1894, filed in Pennsylvania Nov. 1, 1894. Merged Apr. 1, 1905 with 1.
44 The Pittsburgh, Virginia and Charleston Railway Company See 45 and 46 Consolidated Nov. 1, 1894, with 51 52 and 53 to form 43.
45 Pittsburgh, Virgiina and Charleston Railway Company See 46 Name changed to 44 May 11, 1880
46 Monongahela Valley Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 8, 1867; letters patent dated Sept. 22, 1868. Name changed to 45 Feb 4, 1870
47 The Pittsburgh and Whitehall Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 9, 1882. Merged May 14, 1888, with 44.
48 The Brownsville Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania May 1, 1878 Merged May 11, 1880 with 45.
49 The Brownsville Rail Way Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Oct. 6, 1875 Sold at foreclosure, Feb. 5, 1878; reorganized as 48.
50 Uniontown Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 24, 1879 Merged Nov. 20, 1879, with 48.
51 Monongahela River and Streets Run Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 2, 1892 Consolidated Nov. 1, 1894 with 44 52 and 53 to form 43.
52 The McKeesport and Bessemer Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Oct. 29, 1888. Consolidated Nov. 1, 1894 with 44 51 and 53 to form 43.
53 Brownsville and State Line Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Feb. 6, 1893 Consolidated Nov. 1, 1894 with 44 51 and 52 to form 43.
54 Monongahela and Washington Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, July 20, 1899 Merged July 1, 1904, with 1.
55 South-West Pennsylvania Railway Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 16, 1871 Merged Mar. 31, 1906 with 1.
56 The Uniontown and West Virginia Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Apr. 14, 1874 Merged Mar. 3, 1877 with 55.
57 Uniontown and West Virginia Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 2, 1868; letters patent dated Feb. 24, 1871 Sold at foreclosure Jan. 5, 1874, reorganized as 56.
58 York Haven and Rowenna Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 28, 1902 Merged Mar. 31, 1906 with 1.
59 Philadelphia and Erie Railroad Company See 60 Merged May 1, 1907 with 1.
60 The Sunbury and Erie Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 3, 1837 Name changed to 59 Mar. 7, 1861.
61 Bald Eagle Valley Railroad Company See 62 and 63 Merged Mar. 31, 1908 with 1.
62 The Bald Eagle Valley Railroad Company See 63 Name changed to 61 Aug. 1, 1889
63 Bald Eagle Valley Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania Mar. 25, 1861 Name changed to 62 Apr. 7, 1881
64 Tyrone and Lock Haven Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Feb. 21, 1857; letters patent dated Mar. 26, 1857 Sold at foreclosure Jan. 29, 1861; reorganized as 63
65 Bellefonte and Snowshoe Railroad Company See 66 Merged Apr. 7, 1881 with 63.
66 Allegheny and Bald Eagle Railroad, Coal and Iron Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, June 12, 1839 Name changed to 65 Mar. 24, 1859
67 Moshannon Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 11, 1863; letters patent dated May 26, 1863 Merged Apr. 7, 1881 with 63.
68 Bellefonte, Nittany and Lemont Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 11, 1883 Merged Aug. 1, 1889 with 62
69 Junction Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 3, 1860 Merged Mar. 31, 1908 with 1
70 South West Connecting Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, May 20, 1897 Merged Mar. 31, 1908 with 1.
71 Allegheny Valley Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Feb. 6, 1892 Merged Apr. 7, 1910 with 1.
72 Allegheny Valley Railroad Company See 73 Sold at foreclosure Dec. 15, 1891; reorganized as 71.
73 The Pittsburg, Kittanning and Warren Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 4, 1837 Name changed to 72 Apr. 14, 1852
74 Ridgway and Clearfield Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Apr. 25, 1882 Merged Mar. 31, 1911 with 1.
75 Cambria and Clearfield Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Aug. 1, 1903 Merged Mar. 31, 1913 with 1.
76 Pennsylvania & North Western Railroad Company See 77 Consolidated Aug. 1, 1903 with 81 82 86 88 and 89 to form 75
77 Bell's Gap Rail Road Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 20, 1871, and consolidation agreement dated Mar. 9, 1874; filed in Pennsylvania May 9, 1874. Name changed to 76 Dec. 31, 1889
78 Bell's Gap Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 11, 1871; letters patent dated June 14, 1871 Consolidated May 9, 1874 with 79 to form 77
79 Central Pennsylvania Mining Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 20, 1871 Consolidated May 9, 1874 with 78 to form 77.
80 The Clearfield and Jefferson Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Feb. 27, 1885 Merged Dec. 1, 1889 with 77.
81 Millersburg Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Sept. 13, 1899 Consolidated Aug. 1, 1903, with 76 82 86 88 and 89 to form 75.
82 Cambria and Clearfield Railroad Company (of 1891) Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Aug. 6, 1891 Consolidated Aug. 1, 1903 with 76 81 86 88 and 89 to form 75
83 Cresson Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, July 14, 1891 Consolidated Aug. 6, 1891 with 85 to form 82.
84 Ebensburg and Cresson Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 30, 1859; letters patent dated May 5, 1859 Sold at foreclosure May 8, 1891; reorganized as 83
85 Cambria and Clearfield Railroad Company (of 1887) Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 18, 1887 Consolidated Aug. 6, 1891 with 83 to form 82.
86 Cresson and Irvona Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania July 3, 1894 Consolidated Aug. 1, 1903, with 76 81 82 88 and 89 to form 75.
87 The Cresson & Clearfield County & New York Short Route Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Dec. 19, 1882 Sold at foreclosure May 9, 1894; reorgaized as 86.
88 Ebensburg and Black Lick Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 18, 1893 Consolidated Aug. 1, 1903 with 76 81 82 86 and 89 to form 75
89 The Tyrone and Clearfield Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Apr. 26, 1867 Consolidated Aug. 1, 1903 with 76 81 82 86 and 88 to form 75
90 Tyrone and Clearfield Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Mar. 23, 1854; letters patent dated Apr. 11, 1856 Sold at foreclosure Sept. 27, 1866; a portion of road conveyed to 1; remaining portion, together with rights reorganized Apr. 1, 1867 as 89.
91 Philipsburg Coal, Iron and Oil Company Under special act of Pennsylvania Mar. 13, 1865 Railroad and franchises pertaining thereto sold to 89 Aug. 15, 1867.
92 The Moshannon and Clearfield Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania June 8, 1880 Merged May 21, 1884 with 89.
93 Pine Run Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Dec. 29, 1906 Merged Feb. 9, 1912 with 75.
94 Hollidaysburg, Bedford and Cumberland Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, May 1, 1911 Merged May 20, 1914 with 1.
95 Bedford and Hollidaysburg Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Nov. 10, 1902 Consolidated May 1, 1911 with 102 to form 94.
96 The Pennsylvania Midland Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania July 2, 1894 Sold at foreclosure Sept. 25, 1902; reorganized as 95
97 The Bedford and Blair County Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Oct.&nbsb;28, 1893 Consolidated July 2, 1894 with 99 100 and 101 to form 96.
98 Pennsylvania and West Virginia Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 23, 1889 Sold at foreclosure June 26, 1893; reorganized as 97.
99 The Manns Choice and Hyndman Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Apr. 27, 1894 Consolidated July 2, 1894 with 97 100 and 101 to form 96.
100 The Somerset and Bedford Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Apr. 27, 1894 Consolidated July 2, 1894 with 97 99 and 101 to form 96
101 Brooks Mills and Altoona Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Apr. 27, 1894 Consolidated July 2, 1894 with 97 99 and 100 to form 96.
102 Bedford and Bridgeport Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania May 5, 1891 Consolidated May 1, 1911 with 95 to form 94.
103 Bedford and Bridgeport Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania Mar. 31, 1868; letters patent dated July 18, 1870 Sold at foreclosure Mar. 26, 1891; reorganized Apr. 29, 1891 as 102.
104 Lewisburg and Tyrone Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Dec, 30, 1913 Merger Apr. 30, 1915 with 1.
105 Lewisburg and Tyrone Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Jan. 8, 1880 Sold at foreclosure June 16, 1913, reorganized Dec. 29, 1913 as 104.
106 The Lewisburg, Centre and Spruce Creek Railroad Company Under special act of Pennsylvania, Apr. 12, 1853; letters patent dated Apr. 5, 1856 Sold at foreclosure Dec. 13, 1879; reorganized Dec. 31, 1879 as 105.
107 Lancaster and Quarryville Railroad Company See 108 Merged Apr. 30, 1915 with 1.
108 Lancaster and Reading Narrow Gauge Railroad Company (of 1894) Under general laws of Pennsylvania Oct. 16, 1894 Name changed to 107 May 3, 1904
109 Lancaster and Reading Narrow Gauge Railroad Company (of 1871) Under special act of Pennsylvania, May 16, 1871; letters patent dated Sept. 9, 1871 The Quarryville section and franchises pertaining thereto sold at foreclosure June 5, 1894; reorganized Sept. 25, 1894 as 108.
110 Pennsylvania, Monongahela and Southern Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Oct. 27, 1902 Merged Apr. 30, 1915 with 1.
111 Harrisburg, Portsmouth, Mountjoy and Lancaster Rail-Road Company See 112 Merged Apr. 25, 1917 with 1.
112 The Portsmouth and Lancaster Rail-Road Company Under special act of Pennsylvania June 9, 1832 Name changed to 111 Mar. 11, 1835
113 Susquehanna, Bloomsburg and Berwick Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Aug. 15, 1902 Merged Apr. 15, 1918 with 1.
114 Central Pennsylvania and Western Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Apr. 3, 1893 Sold at foreclosure Mar. 10, 1902; reorganized July 31, 1902 as 113.
115 The Wilkesbarre and Western Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Jan. 14, 1887 Consolidated Apr. 3, 1893 with 119 and 120 to form 114
116 The Milton & North Mountain Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 20, 1885 Consolidated Jan. 14, 1887 with 117 and 118 to form 115.
117 The Millville and North Mountain Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Jan. 9, 1886 Consolidated Jan. 14, 1887 with 116 and 118 to form 115.
118 Wilkesbarre and Western Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, June 21, 1886 Consolidated Jan. 14, 1887 with 116 and 117 to form 115.
119 Turbotville and Williamsport Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Nov. 18, 1892 Consolidated Apr, 3, 1893, with 115 and 120 to form 114.
120 The Orangeville and Lehigh Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Dec. 2, 1892 Consolidated Apr. 3, 1893 with 115 and 119 to form 114
121 Cornwall and Lebanon Rail Road Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Feb. 28, 1882 Merged Apr. 15, 1918 with 1.
122 Lebanon Belt Railway Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania, Mar. 28, 1889 Merged Jan. 19, 1891 with 121.
123 Colebrook Valley Railroad Company Under general laws of Pennsylvania Jan. 26, 1881 Merged May 31, 1886 with 121

Further, on July 31, 1857, the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the property designated as the Main Line of Public Works, together with the priveleges and rights provided in a special act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania approved May 16, 1857.


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