Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1906 Trail/Conrail/Pennsy Pratt Truss and Trestle over Conestoga River near Safe Harbor Dam

(Bridge Hunter, Historic BridgesBirds-Eye View)

Jack Stoner posted
On a humid and steamy June day in 1986 Conrail train MTPI - Metutchen, NJ - Pittsburgh,PA crosses the iconic PRR Low Grade trestle, (local parlance) at Safe Harbor, PA. The actual Conrail nomenclature for this line was the Enola Branch. Taken out of service in favor of the Reading RR route to northern NJ and NY and Phila. this well engineered line was downgraded, then abandoned in 1989 and finally the last iron was removed in 1990 - 91.
Collection of the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, Columbia, PA. from Conestogo River Bridge
[I didn't notice that all of the piers were cut stone until I saw this photo.]
HAER PA,36-SAHAR,1--9 from HAER PA,36-SAHAR,1-
Even though Conrail abandoned it, Norfolk Southern got it when Conrail was split up between NS and CSX.

Robert Wanner posted
Pennsylvania Railroad Atglen & Susquehanna Branch on overhead trestle along the river at Safe Harbor Dam and the PRR Port Road below in steam days prior to electrication. High trestle still stands as a hiking train in 2024. Hard to imagine the A&S once the double tracked freight bypass line for Philadelphia bound trains. Photo from Paul Hartline, not sure whether he took the photo.

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