Atglen and Susquehanna Branch (1)

By Connor Stoehr; posted January 19, 2018

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Here is a series of pictures that I took of the Pennsylvania Railroad's abandoned Atglen and Susquehanna Branch near New Providence PA in June of 2010. It has since been made into a rail trail and the power lines have been replaced. I took these when it was still owned by Norfolk Southern and not open to the public. This line was originally built by the PRR between 1902 and 1906 and ran from Atglen to Washington Boro PA. It was designed as a low grade freight route to relieve congestion and avoid the grade changes on the main line. The branch was electrified in 1938 and was in use through the Penn Central and part of the Conrail era. The wires came down in the mid 80s and the line was abandoned in 1988. The tracks were removed shortly after and it didn't seem change much when I took these pictures. Here is a view of the old catenary poles with no wires stretching far into the distance. The only thing in use here are the two 138kv 25hz circuits that supply the main line with power from the Safe Harbor Dam.

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