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Everett Railroad reaches half-century mark

On April 1, The Everett Railroad Co. marked the 50th anniversary of its first operation in Everett, Pa., according to American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's April 6 newsletter.

In 1954, Everett business leaders and citizens incorporated the railroad to save the community's rail service. The railroad purchased four track miles from bankrupt Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad & Coal Co., and began moving sand, lumber, farm goods and other products.

In 1982, the railroad ceased operations on its original line after Conrail discontinued interchange service, and two years later moved to Blair County, Pa. The short line since has expanded its line twice to a current 25 track miles.

Led by President Alan Maples, Everett Railroad interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway at Hollidaysburg, employs nine people, and operates four locomotives and a Claysburg repair shop.

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