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The Atglen & Susquehanna Low Grade
 
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August 27, 2018
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Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Conestoga — Moving Heaven and Earth — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Manor Township
When construction began in 1903, no other section of the Pennsylvania Railroad's (PRR) A&S Branch likely seemed as improbable as that along the western boundary of Manor Township. There was no existing path sufficient to the purpose of two-track, . . . — Map (db m129465) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Conestoga — The Atglen & Susquehanna Low Grade — The Pennsylvania Railroad's Dedicated Freight Road
The Atglen & Susquehanna Branch was constructed (1903-1906) by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) as the middle segment of its Low Grade lane, an ambitious through-freight route which extended some 140 miles from Morrisville Yard near Trenton, New . . . — Map (db m122585) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Conestoga — The Cost of Dynamite — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Conestoga Township
Dynamite was essential for expedient construction of the A&S. Rock cliffs on the Susquehanna River were blasted for months to create shelves that carried the rails northward, a lower route for the older Port Road and an upper route for the new A&S . . . — Map (db m122692) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Pequea — Big Cut, Big Fill — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Providence Township
No other section of the eastern A&S more fully demonstrated the Pennsylvania Railroad's (PRR) commitment to re-shape the landscape for an optimum freight road than its seven miles through Providence Township. The gentle compound curve (on paper) . . . — Map (db m122699) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Pequea — Servicing a Freight Road — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Martic Township
Finding a strategic location for servicing the freight route was a challenge for the PRR as the A&S headed west over the deep valley of Pequea Creek (upper left image) toward the Susquehanna River. Facilities were created by carving a wider . . . — Map (db m122695) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Quarryville — A Job on the A & S — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Eden Township
Unlike routes that served passengers and local freight customers, the A&S required relatively few staffed facilities. Westward from Atglen, the A&S was desolate, compared to the main line's string of frequent village stops. Constructed after the . . . — Map (db m122698) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Quarryville — A Stream for Steam — The Atglen & Susquehanna in Bart Township
Of all the resources required for operation of the A&S, none was more deceptively vital than water. From its inception under steam locomotion, the A&S was quietly sustained by the vast water resources it continually crossed. Previous droughts and . . . — Map (db m122696) HM

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