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LURGAN BRANCH

Today’s Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch is a combination of two lines of prior roads connected at Shippensburg, PA, the halfway point between Harrisburg, PA and Hagerstown, MD. From Shippensburg north or railroad east is the former Reading Lines’ Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Branch. The rails then make a sharp turn south (railroad west) as it connects to the former Cumberland Valley Railroad (PRR) at CP SHIP onto Hagerstown. The CVRR has the distinction of being one of the nations first carriers and predates the PRR by nine years.

The line today is NS’s major north/south artery in the Mid-Atlantic region and is part of its “Crescent Corridor” for high speed intermodal traffic.

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