13 October 2015

On This Day: Last train leaves Dorsey Station

It was On This Day in 1919 that the last train pulled out of Dorsey Station, thus ending more than 40 years of service to the Southern End of Lancaster County. The station, located about a half mile east of Peach Bottom, was a part of the Lancaster, Oxford & Southern Railway. It was a combination passenger and freight train. 

It is the last of the original stations to have survived on the railway’s 28 miles of narrow-gauge track between Dorsey and Oxford. The railroad's tracks were pulled up and sold for scrap after World War I. Today, the wooden two-story station is in disrepair. 

Dorsey Station was built in 1876 by Samuel Dorsey, a local miller. It is included on Lancaster County Preservation Trust’s annual Most Threatened Historic Properties list. Friends of Dorsey Station are trying to save it as an educational center. 
 
Photo:
Courtesy Historic Preservation Trust

 

On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.