Harmony Route / Harmony Line

Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler & New Castle Railway


Route 588 at Pine Run Road

The main focus of this page concerns the Harmony Line

between Zelienople and Ellwood City, PA

Harmony Line or Harmony Short Line?

To clear up some confusion, the Harmony Route, or more commonly referred to as the Harmony Line, was an electric Trolley railway which operated from Pittsburgh to terminals in Butler and New Castle. The route came from Pittsburgh to Evans City, where the routes split to Butler & New Castle. The route coming through the Fombell area (from Evans City, through Harmony to Ellwood City and then on to New Castle) was known as the Harmony Line.

The Pittsburgh - Butler Short Line was a separate route which reached Butler from Pittsburgh on a route that passed through Mars and Valencia.

Harmony Short Line Motor Transportation Co. (commonly known as the Harmony Short Line) began operating supplemental bus service in 1922 and operated until 1961.

The maps on the following link further explains the different routes: Interurban Railways

Stops Between Zelienople and Ellwood City

(If you can identify the location of a stop that has not been documented, let us know)

Special thanks to Mark Barnes for his assistance!

Benvenue - West end of Wilson's Bridge on Route 588 next to Airport


Pine Run - Intersection of 588 and Pine Run Road

Spruce Hill - Intersection of 588 and Spruce Hill Lane

Fombell - Intersection of 588 and Hartzell School Road


Eckert - Intersection of 588 and Herman Road

Marion - Intersection of 588 and Nagel Road

Riverview / Celia - At the Celia Bridge abutments on the Riverview side

Willow Grove - Intersection of Country Club Drive and Willow Grove Road behind Chapel Valley Estates

Rustic Park - Intersection of Country Club Drive and Rustic Park Road

Jackson - Somewhere near the Jackson Farm

Ellwood Country Club - South side of the Creek at the North Sewickley Trolley Bridge

North Sewickley - Miller's Store. Intersection of Mercer Rd and Harmony Fisher Rd.

Hazen - Vicinity of Harmony Fisher Rd and the driveway that leads up to the Word Alive Church

Frisco - Intersection of Old Route 288 and Frisco Ave

Knox - Where the trolley tracks crossed over the Pittsburgh & Western tracks on River Road, right at Knox Bridge

Wurtemburg - Intersection of Railroad St. and Wurtem Way in Ellport

P.H.B. and N.C. Ry Bridge, North Sewickley, Pa..jpg

Other Links of Interest

Lawrence County Memoirs

Ellwood City Memories

2014 Ledger Article