Harmony Line

Trolley Tracks in the North Hills

Submitted by CTHS on September 07, 2017 - 10:56 pm

One of the most popular subjects for our talks has been the Harmony Line, the electric trolley that ran from Pittsburgh through Cranberry Township, then to Evans City and beyond. The car barn was located in Harmony. For our next talk, we are getting two Trolley lines for one trolley price. Our speaker is trolley expert Bill Fronczek, and he will talk about the Harmony Line (also known as the Harmony Route), which had the official name of the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler and New Castle Railway, and he will also talk about the Butler Short Line, which had the official name of the Pittsburgh and Butler Street Railway. Both cars lines ran from overhead electrified wires through the North Hills. The Harmony Line ran from Pittsburgh through what is now the McKnight Road corridor, along Evergreen Road, through Ingomar, Warrendale, then through Cranberry Township. Cranberry had six trolley stops: Duthil, Criders, Rowan, Franklin Road, Plains Church and the West stop. The Criders stop was at Meeders Store (now Burger King) and was a popular local stop. These two trolley lines were a Godsend to the locals in 1908 as it would take over a day to ride by horse to Pittsburgh. People riding the trolley could shop in Pittsburgh and be home in the evening. Farmers could now use the freight cars to move crops and milk. Saw mills moved lumber on it and laborers such as oilmen traveled to the wells. No longer would wagons get stuck in the mud on Perrysville Road (Rt. 19). School children also had a reliable way to school. After leaving Cranberry Township, the Harmony Line continued on to Evans City then to Butler or New Castle and it's spur to Beaver Falls...

Event Date
September 13, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Double Track

On page 103 the end of the first sentence states: "it is believed the double track section was not yet completed."

If this section were expected to receive double tracks, wouldn't they have installed double track style poles? To switch this area to double track, you would have to take the original track out of service to install the center style poles. This comment does not seem to add up given the existing electrical construction..

Ghost Rails VI Index

Note that this list is incomplete.

14th Street Trestle: 212

80 Pound T Rail: 36 (Might come in handy for model railroaders)

Accidents: 12, 99, 118, 133, 137, 168, 174, 176, 186, 199, 202-203, 220

Agreement: 64

AJAX Tool Car: 26

Alexander Hotel: 105

Allen Bridge: 169, 262

Ambridge: 250-252

Autumn Crossing: 271

Bankruptcy: 20-23

Beaver: 239

Beaver Falls: 227-229, 266-267

Beaver Falls Freight Station: 61, 224-225

Beaver Valley Traction: 223, 231-233

About the Ghost Rails VI Index

This index was created for those of us that have paged through Ghost Rails VI at least once, then later found ourselves trying to find something that we know is in there, somewhere. With no index, we had to zip through the entire book again. You might recall that something is near the front, or the back or somewhere in the middle, but without an index, it has been difficult subsequently finding things. Hopefully you will find this index helpful.

The index is a work in progress.

John Makar - March 15, 1954 - April 6, 2016

Submitted by CTHS on April 06, 2016 - 9:05 pm

We have some sad news for CTHS members who knew John and Harmony Line fans who have seen his slide show or perhaps a copy of Ghost Rails VI. John was a long time CTHS member and former board member.

John spoke to our group for the first time in 1999 at Plains Church. John was back in Cranberry in 2004 to speak in the Library Meeting Room. On November 28, 2006 he appeared in the Council Chambers of the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. This presentation was video taped and due to poor audio quality, left on the shelf for about 10 years. After learning of his passing, the video was uploaded to YouTube, where anyone interested can watch it now. For your convenience, the video is embedded below. It is about 86 minutes in length including the Q&A afterwards. The camera was in the back of the room, so you will have to turn the audio up in order to hear it...

Event Date
April 06, 2016 - 1:00 pm