|Q & E's original engine Engine No.1 in 1903.|
The first locomotives to pull cars on this line were from the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company. In 1903, the Quakertown and Eastern Railroad purchased their own locomotive on installments. 10 months later, they had to trade it in for a smaller model. It frequently derailed because it was too long for some of the tight curves.
Between Quakertown and Richlandtown, the Right of Way (ROW) isn't very clear today, due to commercial buildings, a couple housing developments and woods.
In Richlandtown, it looks like the tracks used to pass behind the Post Office at Pumping Station Road and crossed Richlandtown Pike at about the 7-11 parking lot. I can't find any sources indicating where the Richlandtown station would have been. I'm thinking it may have been where the line crossed Union Street right by where the propane company tore down the neat, weathered old wooden building to build a big ugly steel box.
|View from Bridge Street in Pleasant Valley, showing the|
ROW curve sloping down to the crossing of Bethlehem Pike.
The next station to the northeast was named Gehman and was probably near where the line and Cook's Creek cross Slifer Valley Road. near where the creek and the line crossed Rt 412/212, east of Springtown, is probably the Location of the Springtown Station.
Cooks Creek and the rail line then turn more Easterly and somewhere, about halfway between Springtown and Durham Village, is Witte Station. It was likely near where the Haupt's Mill covered bridge once spanned the creek. It was sometimes called Witte's Bridge. There was likely a station at the old Durham Village, as well.
Between Durham Village and Durham Iron Works, the line crossed the creek twice and some of the stone bridge piers still stand in the creek. After Durham furnace, the line turns North and continues to Riegelsville station.
|1900 Bucks County map, showing the entire Q & E line and stations.|