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 for more than eighty years.
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,
Erected by Amtrak.
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. Touch for map. 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. Marker is in this post office area: Pequea PA 17565, United States of America.
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); Founded 1791 Boehms Chapel (approx. 4.2 miles away); Iron Works (approx. 4.2 miles away); 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 (Submitted on September 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 10 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.