Short lines and branch lines play a vital role in the movement of merchandise. And are often colorful railroads to follow!
Their primary purpose is to link industries requiring rail transport and provide an important connection to transport goods to and from smaller communities. These lines interchange with main line railroads to export products destined for larger markets and import products and materials necessary for everyday life in these communities.
In Volume 1, we’ll cover lines in the Lehigh River Valley. We’ll look at the Northampton & Bath, Ironton, Chestnut Ridge and Lehigh Valley branch lines.