In March 1868, the Governor of Pennsylvania signed a charter
for the Peach Bottom Railway Company to be built in the southern end of
Lancaster County. “The Peachey” carried
passengers over the line for 50 years, until 1919.
Beginning in the mid-1870’s, a railroad line was planned by
the Lancaster & Reading Narrow Gauge Railroad Company to build a route from
Lancaster to Quarryville but it was purchased by the Philadelphia and Reading
Railroad Company before being built.
Trains provided a means of transporting iron ore, Peach
Bottom slate, produce and lime to Lancaster for distribution to other points
via mainline trains. Passengers were
transported much faster by train so they could shop, consult doctors and visit
relatives and friends in the larger towns of Lancaster, Oxford and later the
cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New York. 1890’s train
schedules show trips between Quarryville and Lancaster being completed in just
under an hour.
Trolleys also provided transportation to Lancaster and
Oxford so passengers could enjoy a shortened trip as compared to horse and
The following books provide detailed information about Southern End railroads:
A Railroad for the Southern End, A History of the Little, Old, and Slow, by Mike Roth and Stanley T. White © 2014, published by Mike Roth and Stanley T. White, available for sale at the Society's gift shop and archives warehouse, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222), P.O. Box 33, Quarryville, PA 17566 (Fulton Township) (717-548-2679) and at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579 (717-687-8628).
in Lancaster County’s “Southern End”, Where the Race of Men Go By, by Mike Roth and
Stanley T. White
© 2014, published by
Mike Roth and Stanley T. White, P.O. Box 329, Willow Street, PA 17584, printed by Seaber, Turner & Associates.
Romance of the Peach Bottom Railway 1868-1881 by Mary Louise
Boomsma © 2012, Brookshire
Printing, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Drawings of the Peach Bottom Railway, Later Known as the Lancaster, Oxford and
Southern Railroad, Vol. 1, by Stanley T. White © 2005,
Published by Stanley T. White.
Little, Old and Slow, The Life and Trials of the Peach Bottom and Lancaster, Oxford and Southern
by Benjamin F. G. Kline, Jr., 1985, Friends of the Railroad Museum of
Pennsylvania, © Pennsylvania Historical
and Museum Commission.