Martic Township 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 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 Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 54.609′ N, 76° 18.787′ W. Marker was in Martic Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker was on Marticville Road (Pennsylvania Route 324) north of Red Hill Road (County Route 3019), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located within the trailhead kiosk at the west end of the Martic Township parking lot for access to the Enola Low Grade Trail. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 998 Marticville Rd, Pequea PA 17565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this location, 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
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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 of the trail. (Submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on May 2, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. 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. 7, 8. submitted on May 2, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.