Columbia and Its Railroads

Columbia and Its Railroads (HM2IHT)

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N 40° 1.845', W 76° 30.49'

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The Pennsylvania Railroad was the dominant railroad with predecessor railroads converging on Columbia from four directions.

East—Philadelphia and Columbia reached Columbia in 1834.
West—Wrightsvile, York and Gettysburg crossed the Susquehanna in 1840.
North—Harrisburg, Portsmouth, Mount Joy and Lancaster completed a branch in 1850.
South—Columbia and Port Deposit finished its line in 1877.

In 1863 the Reading and Columbia, later part of the Reading Company, arrived bringing anthracite coal for transfer to canal boats Baltimore bound. By 1906 the PRR had at its Columbia hub a 360° roundhouse, turntable, machine shop, two yards, passenger station, freight station, and a steel bridge. The Reading Company had a passenger station, freight station, and a steel bridge. The Reading Company had a passenger station, freight house, turntable, and engine house. That year PRR opened its Atglen and Susquehanna Branch, a low-grade freight bypass through Columbia, and drastically cut back on the crews working from Columbia. The PRR built "Cola" tower and electrified Columbia tracks in 1938 resulting in electrically powered trains running for 50 years. During 1958 PRR closed its bridge and ceased its remaining yard operations. Today diesel-powered freight trains continue to run along the river

and east to Lancaster.
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad series
Placed ByRivertownes PA USA
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 7th, 2019 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 371318 N 4432259
Decimal Degrees40.03075000, -76.50816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 1.845', W 76° 30.49'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 1' 50.7" N, 76° 30' 29.4" W
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