Brief History of the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad

In 1903, the Pennsylvania Railroad began an ambitious three-year engineering project which ran through Lancaster County,…

Art: The Pennsy Running on Time

Whoo-o-o . . . . Who-o-o . . . . Whoo, Whoo-o-o-o . . . .…

Art: Smith Tower on the Enola Low Grade

Pennsylvania Railroad's mightly M1 steam locomotive No. 6857 blasting its way westward past Smith Tower.

Forgotten Places: Benedict Eshleman Cemetery

On August 5, 1780, Benedict Eshleman died. He was likely the first European to settle in…

Side Quest: Why does the Enola Low-Grade have a medieval castle turret?

This isn't a medieval castle turret overlooking the Enola Low-Grade. It's the gatehouse to a 500,000-gallon…

On this Day in History: Enola Low Grade officially opened in a section called the “Deep Cut”

At noon on July 27, 1906, the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad officially…

Benedict Eshleman Cemetery

Deep in the forest on private property, just outside of Lancaster Conservancy’s Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve,…

Art: ‘Doodle-Bug’ motor car of Mountville

"Doodle-Bug" motor car of Mountville pulls in on a cold winter morning with the day's mail.

Side Quest: Rediscover this lost locomotive knuckle coupler

For those brave enough to venture below Enola Low-Grade, scores of beautifully constructed tunnels and culverts…

Art: Manheim Trolley through Kauffman’s Park

Manheim Trolley

Art: Pequea Trolley in Martic Forge

Pequea Trolley in Martic Forge

‘Colonel’ John Mead: the enigmatic ‘Gentleman Bum’ of the River Hills

The discover the mysterious life of "Colonel" John Mead, a man who spent the last 25…

Side Quest: How to Access the Safe Harbor Bridge Trestle

I've received many questions asking how to best access the Safe Harbor Bridge Trestle. As I…

Side Quest: How to Access the Martic Forge Trestle

It has been more than four years since an arsonist destroyed the Martic Forge Trestle on…

Safe Harbor Mini-Adventure: Rolling Mill

Safe Harbor Iron Works was built to produce iron for the thriving Pennsylvania Railroad. The rolling mill…

River View Hotel Visitor’s Guide: Part 6

Previous Page | Last Page Boating also is good; the boats being provided by the hotel…

Phoenix Rising: Martic Forge Trestle reopens after devastating 2018 fire

It's been more than four years since an arsonist destroyed the Martic Forge Trestle on Thursday,…

On this Day in History: 82-car freight train collides with a three-ton boulder near Safe Harbor

What happens when an 82-car freight train collides with a three-ton boulder? Engineer William Neway found…

Side Quest: Red Hill Road’s abandoned tunnel

For those brave enough to venture below Enola Low-Grade, scores of beautifully constructed tunnels and culverts…

Ice on the Susquehanna

Ice on the Susquehanna is a femme fatale—mysteriously beautiful and potentially dangerous. More than once, this…