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North Pennsylvania Railroad Company records

Accession 1999

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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Descriptive Summary

Title: North Pennsylvania Railroad Company records
Dates: 1836-1982
Accession Number: 1999
Creator: North Pennsylvania Railroad Company
Extent: 14 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The Philadelphia, Easton and Water-Gap Railroad Company was incorporated in Pennsylvania on April 6, 1852, and renamed the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company on October 3, 1853. Their records consist of basic corporate records such as minute books, annual reports, account books and statements.
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Historical Note

The Philadelphia, Easton and Water-Gap Railroad Company was incorporated in Pennsylvania on April 6, 1852, and renamed the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company on October 3, 1853.

The company's object was to link Philadelphia with northeastern Pennsylvania and central and western New York, but it was only able to construct a line as far as Bethlehem (1853-1857) with a branch to Doylestown (1856), relying on connections with the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Bethlehem. As it occupied a minor traffic corridor, the North Penn was a relatively weak road until 1874, when it built a branch from Jenkintown to the Delaware River at Yardley which became a link in a second route between New York and Philadelphia. The so-called "New Line" opened on May 1, 1876, in time for traffic to the Centennial.

The New Line made the North Penn a more attractive property. The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company negotiated a long term lease on May 14, 1879, and the road was thereafter operated as part of the Reading system. This situtation lasted until the Reading entered bankruptcy in 1971. After several failed attempts to reorganize, the viable portions of the Reading lines were conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976. The North Penn then began selling off its remaining real estate and was finally liquidated between 1982 and 1990.

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Scope and Content

The records of the North Pennsylvania Railroad Company consist of basic corporate records such as minute books, annual reports, account books and statements. They give a good overview of the company's planning, construction and operation down to the Reading lease of 1879, the dull middle period when the firm was a passive lessor (1879-1971), and the complex negotiations connected with the bankruptcy and conveyance to Conrail (1971-1981).

Among the more interesting series are the board papers, which consist of inbound letters and reports directed to the president and board. They include notes on earnings and finances, committee reports, reports of surveys and construction, lists of officers and petitions from patrons. There are many letters from Tom Scott and A.J. Cassatt of the Pennsylvania Railroad regarding arrangements for direct service to the Centennial and use of the New Line. A circular includes a map of the Centennial grounds showing the temporary tracks used to deliver exhibits and construction materials.

The reorganization papers document the company's attempts to find a solvent merger partner, the plan for a Middle Atlantic Rail Corp. (MARC), disputes with SEPTA over the commuter service and subsidy, and the valuation of property conveyed to Conrail.

There are center-line maps of the entire railroad, and track and property maps of most important points. There are also profiles of all the bridges over the Delaware River between Easton and Taylorsville (1875) and of the company's own bridge at Yardley.

Records of other companies include a copy of the charter of the Kensington and Oxford Turnpike Road Company (1836) and records of the associated East Trenton and Delaware & Bound Brook Railroad companies. The latter includes a small selection of president's inbound letters and notices (1878) and a short history of the 1875 Hopewell, N.J., "Frog War" between the forces of the D&BB and Pennsylvania Railroad.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Organization papers, 1852-1869
Box
1 Charter and Supplements, 1852-1869
1 Bylaws, 1854
II. Annual reports, 1853-1980
Box
1 Printed Annual Reports, 1853-1855
1 Printed Annual Reports, 1857
1 Printed Annual Reports, 1860-1866
1 Printed Annual Reports, 1868
1 Printed Annual Reports, 1872
1 Printed Annual Reports, 1847-1878
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1854
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1871
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1872
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1874
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1880-1957
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1959-1964
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1966
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1967
1 Manuscript Annual Reports, 1969-1980
III. Reports and prospectuses, 1852-1855
Box
1 "Philadelphia and her western railroad connections", 1852
1 "Address of the committee appointed as a mass meeting held by the friends of the Philadelphia, Easton and Water-Gap Railroad", 1852
1 "Philadelphia's great north route: North Pennsylvania Railroad to conneect Philadelphia with North Pennsylvania, Western New York, the Lakes and Canada West", 1853
1 "Report of Edward Miller, chief engineer", 1853
1 "North Pennsylvania Rail Road Company: Letters of he president and chief engineer", 1853
1 "Philadelphia's great north and lake route", February 1854
1 "Memorial of the North Pennsylvania Rail Road Company to the councils of Philadelphia", 1854
1 "Reports of Edward Miller, chief engineer", 1854
1 "Surveyed route from Philadelphia to the New York State line at Waverely", 1855
IV. Minute books, 1852-1982
Volume
1 Stockholders' Vol. 1, 1853 January 10-1951 January 8
Volume
2 Directors' Vol. 1, 1852-August 17-1860 January 6
Volume
3 Directors' Vol. 2, 1860 January 11-1876 January 31
Volume
4 Directors' Vol. 3, 1876 February 16-1896 April 4
Volume
5 Directors' Vol. 4, 1896 May 12-1916 December 18
Volume
6 Directors' Vol. 5, 1917 February 13-1934 November 13
Volume
7 Directors' Vol. 6, 1935 February 13=1949 February 3
Volume
8 Directors' & Stockholders' Vol. 7, 1949 May 3-1959 August 4
Box
1 Directors' & Stockholders' Vol. 8, 1959 November 2-1971 January 11
1 Directors' & Stockholders' Vol. 9, 1971 February 2-1974 November 6
Volume
9 Directors' & Stockholders' Vol. 10, 1975 Feburary 3-1978 September 28
Volume
10 Directors' & Stockholders' Vol. 11, 1978 November 29-1981 November 24
Volume
11 Directors' & Stockholders' Vol. 12, 1981 December 15-1982 November 18
Box
1 Finance Committee, 1855 January 29-1941 July 24
V. Board papers, 1852-1967
Box
1 Correspondence and Statements, 1852-1858
Box
2 Correspondence and Statements, 1870-1898
2 President's Scrapbook and Journal, 1857-1867
2 President's Scrapbook and Diary, 1874-1967
VI. Securities records, 1853-1883
Box
2 Subscription Books, 1853-1858
Volume
12 Installments Cash Book, 1853-1863
Box
2 List of Scrip Unconverted, 1879-1883
VII. Contracts and Agreements, 1855-1976
Box
2 1855-1976
VIII. Mortgages, 1855-1952
Box
2 1855-1952
IX. Statements, 1856-1878
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2 Treasurer's Annual Statements, 1856, 1881-1922
2 Tonnage Statements, 1877-1878
2 Delaware River Branch Balance Sheet, 1874
2 Expentidures, 1877-1878
2 Expenses - Stony Creek Rail Road Co., 1877-1878
2 Salaries, 1878
X. Tax Records, 1862-1877
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2 Federal tax papers, 1862-1877
XI. Legal Case Records, 1853-1943
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2 Argument of George M. Dallas before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Sharpless and others vs. the City of Philadelphia, circa 1853
2 Charge of Hon. M. Russell Thayer to the jury in the case of Canty vs. North Penn Railroad Co. (wrongful death), 1867
2 Collector of Internal Revenue vs. The North Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Brief and Appendix, 1943
XII. Reorganization Papers, 1970-1981
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3 Agreements with Reading Company, 1976-1977
3 Day & Zimmerman - Valuation of Reading, 1973
3 Lehigh Valley bankruptcy, 1973-1976
3 List of non-operating properties, 1978
3 Marketability study of property, 1970
3 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1972-1980
3 Reading final reorganization plan, 1979
3 Regional rail reorganization, 1970-1974
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4 Regional rail reorganization, 1974-1976
4 SEPTA memorandum of understanding, 1972-1976
4 Valuation case, 1976-1978
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5 Valuation case, 1979-1981
XIII. Account Books, 1853-1982
A. General Journals, 1853-1982
Volume
13 Vol. 1, 1853 May 1-1895 October 31
Volume
14 Vol. 2, 1895 November 25-1928 December 31
Volume
15 Vol. 3, 1929 january 31-1937 July 31
Volume
16 Vol. 4, 1937 August 31-1943 June 30
Box
10 Vol. 5, 1943 June 30-1957 December 31
10 Vol. 6, 1958 January 1-1976 December 31
10 Vol. 7, 1977 January 1-1982 December 2
Box
9 Annual reports to I.C.C., 1950-1952, 1955-1960
Box
5 Annual report, 1877-1878
5 History of 1875 "Frog War" at Hopewell, N.J., undated
5 President's inbound letters, 1878
B. General Cash Book, 1853-1859
Volume
27 Vol. 1, February 1853-November 1859
Box
9 Annual reports to I.C.C., 1950-1955
C. Construction & Equipment Accounts, 1853-1879
Volume
17 Engineering Dept. Journal, Vol. A, 1853 May 20-1858 December 14
Volume
18 Engineering Dept. Journal, Vol. 1, 1853 June 7-1858 December 14
Volume
19 Engineering Dept. Ledger, Vol. A, May 1853-December 1858
Volume
20 Engineering Dept. ledger, Vol. 1, June 1853-December 1858
Volume
21 Construction & Equipment Ledger, Vol. 1, 1859-1871
Volume
22 Construction Ledger, Vol. 2, 1871-1879
Volume
23 Construction Voucher Book, 1859-1879
Volume
24 Equipment Ledger, Vol. 2, 1871-1879
Volume
25 Equipment Voucher Book, 1859-1878
Volume
26 Engineering Ledger, Delaware River Branch, 1874-1876
Box
5 Charter and Supplements, 1836
XIV. Miscellaneous Reports, 1878-1879
Box
5 Passengers carried on New Line Trains, April 1879
5 Performance of engines, 1878-1879
XV Employee Timetables, 1855-1878
Drawer
14 #24-26, #9, 1875-1878
Box
5 1855-1876
XVI. Maps and Drawings, 1875-1951
Box
5 Profiles of bridges over the Delaware River from Easton to Taylorsville, 1875
5 Profile of Delaware River Bridge, 1875
5 Property maps - Ambler
5 Property maps - Doylestown
5 Property maps - Elkins Park
5 Property maps - Glenside
5 Property maps - Jenkintown
5 Proprety maps - Neshaminy Falls
5 Property maps - Philadelphia
5 Property maps - Quakertown
5 Property maps - South Bethlehem
5 Property maps - Trevose
5 Property maps - Yardley
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6 Real estate atlas, Main Line, 1888
6 Real estate atlas, Delaware River Branch, 1888
6 Philadelphia
6 Right of way index map, undated
6 Plan and profile of proposed Morrisville Branch, 1951
XVII. Annual Report to I.C.C., 1888-1976
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7 1888-1919
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8 1920-1949
Box
9 1951-1973, 1975-1976
XVIII. Miscellaneous Records of Other Companies, 1836-1960
A. Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad Company, 1877-1960
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9 Annual reports to I.C.C., 1950-1952, 1955-1960
Box
5 Annual report, 1877-1878
5 History of 1875 "Frog War" at Hopewell, N.J., undated
5 President's inbound letters, 1878
B. East Trenton Railroad Company
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9 Annual reports to I.C.C., 1950-1955
C. Kensington and Oxford Turnpike Road Company
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5 Charter and Supplements, 1836