Conestoga in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Atglen & Susquehanna Low Grade
The Pennsylvania Railroad's Dedicated Freight Road
To achieve the low grades and gradual curves that were critical for through-freight operation, the PRR extended a determined line across southern Lancaster County. Westward from Parkesburg (M.P. 0.00),
The PRR's 1938 electrification of the A&S ushered out a century-long era of steam locomotion. Hydroelectric energy generated by the Susquehanna River at Safe Harbor Dam powered the A&S via a modern skyway of catenary and paired poles. The A&S met the freight challenges of World War II without any major changes. The national decline of rail service in the second half of the twentieth century eventually claimed the A&S. An alternate freight route to Philadelphia gained operational favor in the decade preceding the final freight on the A&S - December 19, 1988. The A&S was abandoned as an active rail line in 1989; its rails were removed in 1990. Much of the route
Erected by Amtrak.
Location. 39° 57.863′ N, 76° 27.35′ W. Marker is in Conestoga, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from River Road half a mile south of Anchor Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the south end of the Turkey Hill Trail Nature Preserve parking lot, at the trailhead for the Enola Low Grade Trail, about 2/10 mile south of the park entrance from River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Conestoga PA 17516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moving Heaven and Earth (here, next to this marker); Great Minqua Path (approx. 0.9 miles away); Susquehanna Canal (approx. 1.8 miles away); Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 1.8 miles away); Washington Boro Archaeological Sites (approx. 2 miles away); Cresap's Fort (approx. 2.1 miles away); Captain Thomas Cresap (approx. 2.1 miles away); Martin Chartier (approx. 2½ miles away).
More about this marker. This is a large, "billboard-style" marker, mounted on the north-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 . . . Atglen and Susquehanna Branch. The Atglen and Susquehanna Branch is an abandoned branch line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The line ran from Lemoyne to Atglen, Pennsylvania. The Atglen and Susquehanna (A&S) Branch was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) between 1902 and 1906. It was designed for freight service, and minimizing the grade profile was of high importance, since freight service on the main line was hampered by relatively steep grade profiles. Thus the branch was often known simply as the "Low Grade." Since the right-of-way was transferred to the respective townships, about 29 miles of the line has been opened to the public in disconnected segments as the Enola Low Grade Trail. (Submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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