Washington and Franklin Railway Memorabilia Value Guide
The Washington and Franklin Railway began operating in 1899 but we do not know exactly when it stopped service. Often when dates like this are missing it is because the railroad changed names or was bought out, which could mean that it never really stopped operating but the name change or date of the buy out may not be exactly known so we end up with a question mark about it.
Railroads in the United States began development as early as the 1820s along the East Coast of the US and expanded westward with the major milestone in the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Railroads were developing rapidly through the late 1800s with many new railroads being started in the 1880s and 90s. As time progressed railroads began consolidating and today there are only 7 Class I railroads where once there were over 100. Railroads have adapted over the years from what used to be a good mix of freight and passenger transportation to what today is almost exclusively freight.
Washington and Franklin Railway operated routes across 2 states, this is an average amount across most railroads and is typical of small to mid size Eastern Railroads or mid size Western Railroads. Items from railroads of this size tend to be of average rarity so there usually isn't much of a premium price on items from these railroads unless the item is particularly hard to find
Washington and Franklin Railway Operated Routes in the Following States: Maryland, Pennsylvania