For those brave enough to venture below the Enola Low-Grade, scores of beautifully constructed tunnels and culverts await. Dozens of people pass over them every day often without ever knowing. Just outside of Quarryville near Providence Church, Goff Run passes flows through this culvert.
A Brief History
Enola Low-Grade, also known as the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, was one of the greatest feats of engineering marvels in Lancaster County. The goal of this ambitious project? Create a low-grade railroad line with no slope steeper than one percent and no curve sharper than two degrees.
Easy on paper.
Difficult in reality.
Roughly 1,000 men and 150 horses were deployed to build it. Many were immigrants from Italy, Turkey, Syria, and other southeastern European countries taken directly from incoming boats to the Lancaster job site. To learn more about the Enola Low-Grade and its history, click here.
The Complete List of Culverts & Tunnels of the Enola Low-Grade
Check out my growing list of the Enola Low-Grade’s tunnels and culverts with GPS locations and photos.
Tunnels of Enola Adventure
If you are looking for something a bit grander, check out the Tunnels of Enola Adventure. This journey takes you through five abandoned tunnels beneath the Enola Low Grade between Shenks Ferry and Safe Harbor. It’s an amazing hike! As close as you can come to being Indiana Jones without Nazis shooting at you.