Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) operates on ex. PRR/Conrail and CSX trackage around Pittsburgh. The AVR (Headquartered in Oakmont, Pennsylvania) started in 1995, operating 23 miles of the ex. Conrail Valley Industrial Track along the east bank of the Allegheny River, which was a part of the original Allegheny Valley Railroad before it was included in the Pennsylvania Railroad. The line extends from near Downtown Pittsburgh to New Kensington. The AVR used the former PRR Brillant Branch to access NS at CP Home. From CP Home AVR rans on NS trackage rights to Island Avenue Yard (on the Pittsburgh North Side) where the interchange with NS took place (and still does).
In 2003 the AVR took over the little remaining section of the Monongahela Connecting Railroad, which closed with the LTV bankrupcy.
From December 2003, the AVR took over the operations on two former CSX lines in the area, plus Glenwood Yard. The AVR now operates the CSX W&P line to Washington PA, as well as a section of the P&W line north to Bakerstown. From Bakerstown and north/west the P&W is now operated by the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad. CSX retains the P&W between CP Fields (near Downtown) and Braddock, which Amtrak also uses, but the AVR serves the online customer (the Bellefield Boiler). The AVR now connects to the original line (often called the Valley Line, though the official name is the Allegheny Subdivision) through a connection at 36th street.
Operations are now centered around Glenwood Yard in Pittsburgh’s (Monongehela River) Hazelwood area. CSX runs a daily interchange train from Demmler Yard (unfortunately at night) and the AVR runs a daily daytime interchange train to NS’ Island Avenue Yard, though now via the P&W and the connection near Downtown (see more detailed map). The AVR also runs an interchange train to the B&P interchange at Bakerstown 3 times/week. There is an interchange to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad at Bruceton on the W&P.
Latest info on operations is that the AVR runs 4 jobs:
AVR-1 is the interchange job to NS. It typically runs Sunday through Friday, leaving Glenwood Yard in the mid morning to Island Avenue YArd via the P&W through Panther Hollow, the tunnel under Oakland and the connection between CSX and NS just east of Downtown. In the early afternoon they return from Island Avenue Yard.
AVR-2 starts in the early evening at Glenwood Yard, building their train and then heads up Panther Hollow to the 36th St. connection, and from there down onto the Valley Line. The job operates through the night.
AVR-3 works the Washington Branch Monday through Friday. The train typically leaves Glenwood Yard in the mid morning and returns in the evening. The line is 10 mph so chasing is fairly easy. This train also serves the W&LE interchange at BRuceton.
AVR-4 is the nighttime Sunday – Friday switch job at Glenwood, operating Sunday though Friday. The AVR-4 also serves Metaltech (on the former Monongaleha Connecting RR, the Bellefield Boiler and also often runs to Bakenstown with the B&P interchange cars.