The Pennsylvania Railroad's Dedicated Freight RoadThe 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 Jersey, to the Enola Classification Yard west of Harrisburg. The completion of the Low Grade alleviated the bottlenecking of freight approaching Philadelphia by separating heavy through-freights from passenger service and local freight on the PRR's main line through Lancaster, and by bypassing Philadelphia altogether. It was the PRR's largest construction project to that date. For its near $20,000,000 investment and the movement of an estimated 22 million cubic yards of earth and rock, the PRR gained an unequalled freight route linking western markets to the ports of Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. The contribution of the Low Grade Line to the subsequent growth of the PRR is incalculable.
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 at 11:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 375663 N 4424818|
|Decimal Degrees||39.96438333, -76.45583333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 57.863', W 76° 27.35'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 57' 51.78" N, 76° 27' 21" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Enola Low Grade Trail, Conestoga PA 17516, US|
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