Bart Township 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
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 (east 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 39° 55.291′ N, 76° 3.918′ W. Marker is in Bart Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Georgetown Road (Pennsylvania Route 896) north Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1342 Georgetown Road, Quarryville PA 17566, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bartshire (approx. 0.9 miles away); 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).
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
In photos 5 and 6, a copy of "The Atglen & Susquehanna Low Grade / The Pennsylvania Railroad's Dedicated Freight Road", already existing as a separate entry here on hmdb.org at a different location, is on the other side of subject plaque.
Route 896 is off camera to right. The trail, which goes under route 896, is behind tbe camera, and further behind is Heyberger Road.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2018. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.