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The structure in the photo is the culvert that was near the Foot of Plane No. 10. This culvert allowed Blair Gap Run to flow underneath the Allegheny Portage Railroad. The culvert and the lower portion of the incline were washed away during the 1936 St. Patrick's Day Flood. (dkb)
This 1907 ad for the Lewis Ginter Land & Improvement Company claims that Ginter Park has "Highest elevation of any suburb, thus ensuring pure air and good health." Note how few lots have houses, and that the trolley goes up Chamberlayne Ave, turning West on Laburnum Ave and crossing Brook "Turnpike."
Here is a view looking right down one of the reproduction rails on Plane No. 6 of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Plane No. 6 can be easily viewed in the main section of our park just a short distance from the Visitor Center and the Lemon House. The engine house at the top of the plane has also been reconstructed.
The ropes (hemp or iron) on the Allegheny Portage Railroad could change anywhere from 50 to 100 feet in length due to expansion and contraction? To account for this, the ropes passed around "horizontal sheaves" at the top and bottom of the inclined planes that were on wheeled carriages. The wheeled carriages were chained to weights in a pit and this always kept tension on the ropes. (dkb)
On this date, March 24, 1828, the Pennsylvania legislature authorized the construction of the Columbia & Philadelphia Railroad because no viable water route could be found between Philadelphia and the Susquehanna River that also passed through Lancaster (as stipulated by law). This 82-mile-long railroad became the easternmost segment of the Main Line Canal system. The engraving shows the Columbia Railroad as it passed through Lancaster in the early 1840s. (dkb)
Here's a view of the intersection of the old and the new. When the new US Route 22 was built in the 1980s, the old right-of-way of the Allegheny Portage Railroad was preserved by building this overpass just beyond the park boundary. (dkb)