Pequea in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Big Cut, Big Fill
The Atglen & Susquehanna in Providence Township
It was likely no accident that one of the nation's most experienced railroad contractors, McManus Construction Company of Philadelphia, was awarded the arduous Providence section. Work extended westward from Quarryville, where an existing railroad branch from Lancaster hauled in materials and massive steam shovels. At least there temporary rail spurs trailed off the older railroad to supply A&S work sites. In the cuts, temporary construction track bobbed along the deepening route, requiring constant relaying to stay ahead of the track-bound shovel (center right images). McManus removed an estimated 1.3 million cubic yards of rock and earth over seven cuts, as deep as ninety feet.
Eight A&S section contracts were
Some of the cut material formed the towering berm over what eventually became separate north and south bound tunnels for Route 272 (lower left images).
Completion of the A&S (1906) coincided with mandatory retirement (age 70) for the PRR's notable Chief Engineer, William H. Brown (b.1836 - d.1910). Born in Little Britain Township, Brown served the PRR for 44 years. In his 32 years as Chief, the PRR was physically transformed by a succession of engineering triumphs. Brown and McManus had concurrent careers and numerous joint projects with the PRR. For the last twenty years of Brown's life, the two were next-door neighbors in Philadelphia's Powelton Village.
Erected by Amtrak.
Location. 39° 53.928′ N, 76° 11.136′ W. Marker is in Pequea, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Fairview Road 0.3 miles west of Beaver Valley Pike (U.S. 222), on the left when Touch for map. Marker is located within the trailhead kiosk, at the west end of the New Providence parking lot for access to the Enola Low Grade Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Pequea PA 17565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Job on the A & S (approx. 4.2 miles away); Drumore Township Illustrious Americans (approx. 4.7 miles away); Pittsburgh and Lake Erie No. 508 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Lehigh Valley No. 40 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Monongahela Railway No. 67 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Reading Observation No. 1 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Pennsylvania Railroad No. 6755 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Pennsylvania Railroad No. 460 (approx. 5.9 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a large, "billboard-style" marker, mounted on the east-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
Also see . . . The Engineer And the Contractor. BY 1903 William H. Brown, the man who earned the nickname the stone man for his preference of masonry bridge construction (Submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.