Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Stream for Steam
The Atglen & Susquehanna in Bart Township
As with many other water systems originally built for the PRR, the infrastructure of the Octoraro Water Company eventually came to serve the residential consumers of its neighboring communities. Though steam locomotives were replaced by electric ones, water continued to power the A&S via hydroelectric energy from Safe Harbor. Idyllic Octoraro Creek, slow and meandering in contrast to the mighty Susquehanna River, helped power one of the nation's busiest freight roads in the first half of the
Water pumped from two intakes (McCrea and Pine Grove) on the Octoraro charged a distribution system, complete with reservoirs and gate houses, which extended from Thorndale (cast of Parkesburg) to as far west as Smith Tower in Martic Township. The largest (10 million gallons) and highest-in-elevation reservoir was located on Mars Hill (Bart Township). From here, piped water flowed by gravity to smaller reservoirs located near watering stations along the A&S, where the tenders of thirsty locomotives were efficiently filled from water columns. The largest volume demand for water was at the track pans (west of Atglen) where locomotives scooped up water without stopping. With minimal mechanical assistance, the A&S had ample water on demand.
Erected by Amtrak.
Location. 39° 55.291′ N, 76° 3.918′ W. Marker is in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Georgetown Road (Pennsylvania Route 896) north of Heyberger Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located within the trailhead kiosk at the parking lot for access to the Enola Low Grade Trail, on the west side of Georgetown Road. The trailhead parking lot is on the south side of a large hardware store complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1342 Georgetown Road, Pequea PA 17565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. A Job on the A & S (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Christiana Riot (approx. 3 miles away); Christiana Riot Monument (approx. 4.4 miles away); William C. Sproul (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Gap Clock Tower (approx. 5.1 miles away); Atglen Borough Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Atglen (approx. 5.2 miles away); Great Minquas Path (approx. 5.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a large, "billboard-style" marker, mounted on the south-facing side of the trailhead kiosk for the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Atglen & Susquehanna Low Grade
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