Pequea in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Servicing a Freight Road
The Atglen & Susquehanna in Martic Township
In the earlier decades, eastbound steam locomotives rolled along the Susquehanna's edge from Enola Yard on mostly flat ground and needed to “clean their fire” (dump coal ash) and fill their tenders with water before continuing the long gradual ascent to Mars Hill Summit in Bart Township. Smith Tower (originally "SF" for Shenks Ferry) was wedged between the tracks and a rock face, directly below the round valve house and 500,000-gallon reservoir. At peak development, six tracks stretched west of Smith Tower with three of them extending for nearly two miles. The “village” of facilities served the A&S
The Martic Forge Bridge (image above and below) soared above Pequea Creek. Its eastern support trestle straddled a trolley line that rambled along the creek, shuttling passengers and packages between Pequea and Millersville. From the hills above the historic valley settlement, one could see the Colemanville Covered Bridge, hung low over the creek, the steadfast valley crossing. Without hesitation, the PRR spanned the sunken switchback boundary between Martic and Conestoga Townships with what must have appeared to be a minimal lattice of steel. Far removed from the horse-drawn pace of the valley floor, locomotives sailed on their own sky road. For the PRR, the A&S was a means to expansion of its system, not a tool for local development. Successful long freight operation promised substantial sustainable revenue. The distance between the intent of the original state-chartered railroad—to serve and benefit the citizens of Pennsylvania—and the unbridled PRR of 1906, could be seen by looking upward at the Martic Forge Bridge.
Erected by Amtrak.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 39° 54.609′ N, 76° 18.787′ W. Marker is in Pequea, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Marticville Road (Pennsylvania Route 324) north of Red Hill Road (County Route 3019), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located within Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pequea PA 17565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cost of Dynamite (approx. 1.3 miles away); Conestoga (approx. 3.4 miles away); Boehms Chapel (approx. 4.2 miles away); Iron Works (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named Boehm's Chapel (approx. 4.3 miles away); York Furnace Bridge (approx. 4.4 miles away); Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 4.4 miles away); Susquehanna Canal (approx. 4.4 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 . . .
1. Martic Forge Railroad Bridge. (This link presents photos of the Martic Forge Bridge.) This is an impressive high level bridge. It is built to the "tower and girder" style which features deck plate girder spans supported by steel bents. However, this bridge also includes a larger deck truss span over the creek. The bridge has been abandoned, but was converted into a rail-trail. (Submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Deck of pedestrian bridge 'a loss' after fire strikes old railroad trestle. Thursday, April 12, 2018: Flames engulfed the old railroad trestle turned pedestrian bridge on the Enola Low Grade Trail. Emergency crews from around Lancaster County responded, including a fire marshal and the county’s hazmat team. Crews were dispatched to a brush fire near the bridge, Martic Forge Trestle, which runs over the Pequea Creek and River Road. The bridge, formerly a railroad trestle, opened as a public walkway in 2015, linking the Conestoga and Martic township sections (Submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.