Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The tracks of the Alegheny Portage Railroad snaked over the mountains in stair-step fashion. The steep inclined planes were connected by sections with gentle grades called "levels." There were eleven levels, and, like the inclines, each was identified by number.
The railroad trace in front of you was part of Level No. 6, or the Summit Level, the high point of the trip. It ran 1.62 miles between Inclines 5 and 6.
When the railroad opened, horses pulled the railroad cars along the levels. Track was usually laid on stone blocks called "sleepers" rather than on crossties which would have made precarious footing for horses. However, steam locomotives soon replaced horses on nearly all levels.
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Rails on levels were set on stone blocks called sleepers. The 32 miles of levels required more than 150,000 sleepers, some of which remain in place today.
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A locomotive pulling a sectional canal boat approaches a viaduct on a level section of the New Portage Railroad. This re-routed version of the old Allegheny Portage Railroad circumvented
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 27.394′ N, 78° 33.089′ W. Marker is in Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is on the walkway between the portage railway and the Lemon House, accessed by the trail from Engine House No. 6. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin PA 16641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lemon House (here, next to this marker); Engine House No. 6 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Allegheny Portage Railroad (about 400 feet away); Inclined Plane No. 6 (about 400 feet away); Skew Arch Bridge Trail (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Lemon House (about 500 feet away); Railroad Stone (about 600 feet away); Summit Level Historic Area (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
Also see . . . Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site(Submitted on March 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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