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  • 1. The Railroad Sights Of Gallitzin, PennsylvaniaLittle more than a speck in Pennsylvanias Allegheny Mountain region, Gallitzin provides a significantdraw to both railroad and history buffs. It is the very hills surrounding it, when conquered with monitor, which sparked the particular engineering feats to be seen today.Located half way between Altoona inside the east and Johnstown in the west off of the appropriately-designated "Gallitzin" exit people Route 22, town itself, a borough bordered by Gallitzin Township andTunnelhill in Cambria region , was incorporated in 1872 and took its name in the prince who startednearby Loretto.Developing round coal as well as coke production, it ranks as the tenth-highest city in the state , itstopography mandating the very tunnels that it is now known, since prohibitive grade, then beyondcurrent architectural maturity, left little other option inside the railroads quest for westward expansion.Three region tunnels were ultimately bored through Gallitzins peaks. The first, the brand new Portageand situated under Tunnelhill with a 2,167-foot elevation , was completed about December 10, 1852after E. Rutter and Sons, contracted for the $500,thousand project, manually bombarded dirt andstone with shovels as well as picks with their 300-strong team. The second, the ,605-foot-longAllegheny as well as located at Milepost 248, was carried out 1854, and first used on February six.Coupled with the Gallitizin, it is considered one of many "twin tunnels."The latter, constructed in between 1902 and 1904, was employed, together with its Allegheny sibling ,by the Pennsylvania railroad. They were the highest as well as longest engineering achievements ofthe time, enabling the particular railroad, after settling the Horseshoe contour , to continue itswestward travel from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.Its use, however, was no longer needed if the $25 million Conrail Pennsylvania Clearanceenhancement Project, initiated due to the progressive loss of state-circumventing rail traffic,decreased its floor to supply clearance for double-stacked cars and increased it to accommodatedual-and dual-direction-track. Employing more technologically-advanced construction means than its19th-century crew counterpart, the particular 90-strong team completed the work in september of1995, leaving behind the once-equal Gallitzin tunnel trackless as well as abandoned.Gallitzin train line ownership paralleled the ownership modifications of the railroads on their own. Thevery short-lived Penn Central, formed in 1968 as a result of the particular merger between the almost-institutional Pennsylvania Railroad as well as New York Central, produced to Conrail by way of thebankruptcy procedure , itself created by the particular amalgamation of several screwing upnortheastern lines, including the Erie Lackawanna, the particular LeHigh Valley, as well as theReading. A twin purchase of Conrail through Norfolk Southern as well as CSX Transportation in 1999ensured that it is Pennsylvania routes, plying the tunnel through Gallitzin, were maintained by NorfolkSoutherns Pittsburgh line. NEarly all of its eastbound locomotives employ track a single through theNew Portage Tunnel, while the westbound ones make use of track three with the Allegheny Tunnel.The particular latters track a couple of can be used for both.The tunnels facilitate both passenger as well as freight transport. Amtrak, for instance, routes 4 daily
  • 2. trains through them. Coal cars , destined for powerplants, travel easterly as well as return empty formore replenishment by Pennsylvanias coal mines, although half of its operations transfer intermodalshipments to the Midwest, especially to Chicago, street. Louis, and might.Gallitzin Tunnels playground and Museum:The areas railroad traditions can be experienced-in motion-at the Gallitzin channels Park andmemorial. Its Community traditions Museum, sharing the middle with borough offices , the library, aswell as the police station, exhibits railroad memorabilia as well as model trains as well as shows the"when Upon a mountain " film in its 24-seat theater room.The park, located down the street , between the museum as well as the actual tunnels, comes with arestored, 1942 pa Railroad NSC caboose. Originally built in Juniata Shops and obtained from Conrail,the vehicle , bearing number CR23081, features a 36-foot size , ten-foot width, 15-foot height, and40-inch wheel width, as well as was restored through Pennsylvania Railroad volunteers. Its interior, inexistence with radio transmissions from trains while using tunnels, sports transmission lights, anatmosphere brake system, sleeping quarters, a rest region , a pot bellied stove for warmth andcooking, as well as the caboose-characteristic cupola.An observation platform overlooks the once-identical dual tunnels-the Gallitzin, on the left, sportingthe original height as well as width, but now trackless with only the dirt bed remaining , and theAllegheny, on the right, displaying the higher and broader "mouth" and projecting two tracks.Frequent operations, detailed by the Norfolk Southern teach schedule available in the particularmuseum and listing times, origins as well as destinations, and forms of freight, ensure teachidentification, while the tunnels almost-echoing effects boost their power, sending oscillations , via theground, to the observers toes.Allegheny Portage railroad :Only a mile in the Gallitzin Tunnels playground and Museum is an additional important sight, theparticular Allegheny Portage railroad. Like the tunnels on their own , it was one of the nineteenthcenturys major architectural feats.Although the particular nascent United States provided significant opportunities, the sheer size aswell as lack of infrastructure equally offered significant road blocks , particularly to most of theEuropean immigrants which had entered the united states by means of its conventional New York-Ellis tropical isle threshold and now wished to journey westward. Streets , of any form, tracked theirpaths over the eastern seaboard, but were separated by the imposing Appalachian hills , whosenatural buffer was virtually impenetrable. A section of them in Pennsylvania, the Alleghenies, rose likea roadblock between Philadelphia as well as Pittsburgh, and the couple of rudimentary trails morethan them-clogged, rough, as well as muddy-were often blocked by the foot, horse , and wagon trafficlaboriously inching them over.Strung across the state and rising in order to thousands of feet, the lake challenged engineers toovercome them. Technology, however--in little more of an sophisticated state than the nation itself--was almost nonexistent.But the Conestoga wagons braving the particular mountainous traverse, taking on dirt, rock, gravel ,
  • 3. and overgrowth, took 23 days to close the gap between the east and the gulf under the most ideal,dry-road conditions. Something was needed.Waterway travel, offering faster, obstacle-free transport by canal watercraft , demonstrated a markedenhancement in speed, ease , and comfort, nevertheless the methods integral element-the canalsthemselves-were barely in abundance, and never inside the desired locations. The solution ,therefore, remained in order to dredge them, inducing the optimum length as well as direction.During the particular mid-1820s, New York state did just that, creating the Erie channel , and, by1825, it exerted 4 effects:1). It facilitated passenger as well as freight transport.2). It reduced vacation times.3). It sparked an increase in business , by means of its new route.4). It caused a corresponding reduction in the traditionally strong trade associated with Philadelphia,as it had been rerouted to western markets via the Erie Canal.Transportation viability clearly signaled a lifeline, like an artery pumping blood, with a city, and notenough it caused it to die.Alarmingly awakened by this fact , the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized the Mainline of Publicactively works to commence construction of your trans-Pennsylvania water artery, running in aneasterly-westerly direction and specified the "Main collection Canal," to connect the two major cities.But the 36.65-mile stretch through the Allegheny Mountains, needed to close the gap between eitherfinish , proved an architectural obstacle.An at first envisioned solution--a four-mile tunnel through the lower mountain--was costly, as well asexperience was regarded inadequate to also attempt it. Questions concerning a tunnel-containedwaterway also came into being. While its vision was advanced, technology was not.Inspired by way of a hybrid, intermodal british transportation system, it ultimately decided to design itscombination network in order to link the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin inside the east with the Johnstownone in the gulf by means of ten, mountain-negotiating, inclined planes as well as constant-elevationcanals in order to serve as the full principal Line Canals core of connection. It absolutely wasdesignated the "Allegheny Portage Railroad."Coupled with the already intricate , state-owned canal program , which encompassed aqueducts,tunnels, reservoirs, dams , 82 miles of railroad track, as well as 276 miles of waterway, it wouldsignificantly reduce the journey period of passengers as well as goods and restore the trade lost tothe competitive Erie Canal.The three-year construction project, completed on March 20 , 1834, entailed the initial rail tunnel,known as Staple Bend as well as routed through the ridge at the top of inclined plane number one,reducing, through 2.5 kilometers , the distance the monitor would otherwise have had to pay for if ithad honored the valleys normal route, while the plane itself was one ,608 feet extended and had acorresponding , 150-foot elevation obtain.Project costs integrated $16.5 thousand for the public works system and $1.8 million for your railroad."Portage," defined as "overland transport between bodies of water," became the lacking link in the
  • 4. waterway stretching almost four hundred miles between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.Although feasible and highly successful, the water-and-rail, multiple-elevation system provided slowpassage. Passengers and cargo, originating in the east as well as traversing the Main collectionCanal in watercraft , were transferred in the Hollidaysburg Basin in order to rail cars, which werehorse-drawn to the first grade. Hitched with a continuous cable, which usually moved over wheelsbetween the rails, they were hoisted up the tend at a four-mph speed , propelled by one of twostationary, 35-hp heavy steam engines installed beneath the engine sheds floor at the top of theparticular incline, often together with descending cars to attain a counterbalance between the two.The second heavy steam engine served being a backup.Descent speeds , aided by the law of gravity , were minimized through pulley-installed water brakes.As many because six hourly locomotives could surmount the particular inclined plane.Of the ten of which , the number three had been the shortest, from 1,480 toes and with acorresponding 131-foot elevation obtain , while the number eight was the longest , at 3,117 and 308toes , respectively.Threading their way through the Allegheny Portage Railroads 36.65-mile mountainous part , canalboats climbed 1,398 toes and descended one ,172 feet, before being refloated inside the JohnstownBasin for your western portion of the key Line Canal quest to Pittsburgh.Several improvements, incorporating advancing technology, were steadily introduced.Traditional, early on locomotives lacked adequate power to propel the particular freight-laden rail carsup the inclines, necessitating the stationary heavy steam engines instead. But , a year after theAllegheny Portage Railroad had become operational, the particular horses were swapped out bylocomotives for level propulsion. The initial , the "Boston," carried out the equivalent work of 18horses, as well as 16 others eventually joined the fleet.The "intermodal" character of the operation took on new meaning when sectional box boats, eachevaluating about 7,thousand pounds, were launched , splitting, like massive cargo containers, as wellas floating on to the tend plane-ascending railroad cars in either the Hollidaysburg or Johnstownbasins, three hitched to the continuous cable at a time in the lower get rid of. The tri-sectionarrangement , fitted with a spring-loaded friction brake powering it to preclude runaway conditions,greatly reduced the inconvenience as well as transfer times natural in the initial, repacking method,and triggerred continuous, cohesive transport from origin in order to destination, regardless of thewater or rail function intermittently negotiated.The 3.5-inch hemp rope originally used for towing, subjected to prolonged wear and splitting , wasreplaced by way of a stronger line made of wire.Indeed, through 1840, the previous overland, trans-Pennsylvania journey had been reduced fromtwenty three days to just 4.The pace of technology, soon showing itself faster compared to the railroad, ultimately outran it andgenerated its demise, because ever-more powerful engines and advanced, topography-tamingconstruction techniques triggerred more comfortable, rapid, continuous-track competition, whichavoided the slower interchange system.
  • 5. Attempting in order to plug the gap-of inefficiency-between the Hollidaysburg and Johnstown channelbasins, the state of pa began to replace the particular inclined plane together with continuous, bed-bound monitor routed through a Gallitzin-proximity tunnel, designated the particular "New Portagerailroad ," thus relegating the first system and notion , in name, to the "Old Portage railroad."Victim, itself, in order to technologically-outpacing competition, it absolutely was purchased onsummer 15, 1857 for $7.5 thousand by the Pennsylvania railroad after legislature had approved thepurchase of its Public works Main Line channel , and was incorporated into its own monitor network.Having completed its all-rail link between Philadelphia as well as Pittsburgh by means of the brandnew Horseshoe Curve as well as Gallitzin tunnels on february 15, it steadily siphoned off enterprisefrom the slower, less-convenient, and now-antiquated program , which operated at a loss. And, after2 full decades , it was discontinued-a fairly short span of time, but a long one for advancement-anddismantled.The Allegheny Portage Railroads success could be argued. Utilizing then-current technology, itabsolutely was innovative for its serious amounts of based upon contemporary architecturaltechniques to surmount the particular topographical obstacles lying down between the states acouple of major cities. Although it failed to capture the particular envisioned western areas , itsignificantly decreased travel times, provided increased comfort, triggerred trade between the coal-producing towns in the west as well as the larger cities inside the east, fostered westward populationexpansion, rekindled business temporarily lost to the Erie channel route, provided a living laboratoryfor emerging transportation technologies, as well as aided Pennsylvania in the development as anindustrial state characterized by fossil fuel , iron, steel, as well as rail.A tiny slice of this once-innovative, intermodal, mountain-hurdling transportation system can beknowledgeable at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National historical Site.Allegheny Portage Railroad National historical Site:Like all the countrys national historical landmarks, that of the particular Allegheny Portage railroad isa preserved wallet of history, situated in present time and not necessarily between the covers of yourbook. When it had served the purpose, it was tucked into the annals of memory, having served asone of the steps person needed to climb during his earthly excursion.Its Visitor center , featuring artifacts, exhibits , and the appropriately-named "Allegheny PortageRailroad" movie , displays a full-size locomotive model of the particular "Lafayette," built throughengineer Joseph york and having earlier appeared at the Baltimore and Ohio exhibit in Chicago in1893 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904.Adapted, in 1832, from edward Burys British train locomotive design, the 30 ,630-pound "Lafayette,"with a 12.5-inch canister diameter, 20-inch heart stroke , and 13-inch collection diameter, had a 4-2-0-wheel configuration and had been ideally suited to the particular Allegheny Portage railroad. By1840, the sort pulled almost two-thirds of all US locomotives.A boardwalk qualified prospects from the Visitor center to inclined plane number six by way of achipmunk-inhabited forest along with a stone quarry. Despite the fact that no bonafide pit was everidentified , archaeologists uncovered both abundant broken rock and stone-cutting required for the
  • 6. railroads culverts, bridges, viaducts, engine house foundations, as well as stone sleepers. Openingscreated by hand-held drills ensured that the burglary the stone would be straight.The boardwalk terminates at the likely plane, which was 2 ,713 feet extended and had acorresponding , 267-foot elevation obtain , resulting in a 9.7-percent grade. A renovation , it featuresthe particular hill-ascending tracks, whoever ropes were sustained by idler pulleys set up at 24-foottime periods , leading to the mountains summit and therefore served as either the past plane duringexcursion or the first a single during descent, dependant on the direction of travel.At the particular foot of the tend , a "hitcher" appendaged the westbound train cars to the principalrope while another one disconnected these at the top in the engine house, after the brief climb,allowing them to end up being horse-pulled across the peak level. The planes hemp rope had been2.23 inches thick here, even if this had later recently been replaced with the line type.Despite the fact the engine residence exhibit itself is a reconstruction, it even so serves to protect theparticular originals foundation and represents one of ten such structures located over the intermodalrail collection. With the exception of the central heating boilers , most of the machinery accustomed toraise and lower the particular trains was situated below the ground stage , the hauling string itself justpreviously mentioned the surface so that they might pass over it in the engine residence.The machinery alone included the weight pit , a two-cylinder heavy steam engine located on eitherside of the drive sheaves, three brick-encased central heating boilers originally installed on theparticular engine houses side , and the sheaves, ropes , and gear, rogues of which actually drawnthe train-connected string. Fired boilers provided the two engines heavy steam.Attendants hitched as well as unhitched the train cars, tended the particular engines and their boilers,and moisturized the gear and the bearings.Also within the creating is a full-size heavy steam engine model.Cresson Summit marks the point where trains first crossed the Allegheny Portage Railroad in 1834.The stone, two-story Lemon House, situated along the level monitor , represents one of many suchinns established due to the railroad in order to satisfy enroute passenger need for beverages, meals,as well as overnight accommodation.Born in 1793 in Huntingdon County, pa , Samuel Lemon themselves purchased his first 268 acres ofland in 1826, constructing a two-story log tavern east of the Allegheny mountains summit on upperTurnpike and succeeded it with the present stone structure in 1832. One of many business peoplewho had the particular foresight to anticipate passengers needs and utilize his business experiencedto meet them, he or she also used the particular tavern and motel as his own home.Subjected to several corrections , including south as well as east porch makeovers , the removal ofthe storage area , reinforced framing, front entrance restoration, as well as repointed exterior wallspace , the Lemon residence , reopened in 1997 , sports a furnished first floor, which usuallyrepresents its summer 1840 appearance.Following the provided piste or the grassed tend in the opposite direction, todays visitor can accessthe Skew mid-foot Bridge. The only path bridge purposefully built for the Allegheny Portage Railroad,it was agreed as "a rock bridge which will be necessary for the passage of the turnpike over the train
  • 7. Way on part number 36 for your Portage" by the original contract, despite the fact that itsspecifications have been modified in 1833 to facilitate a bend in the Huntington, Cambria, andindianapolis Turnpike.Rising with a 22.2-foot elevation and constructed of busted stone and rock sleepers from a area ofthe actual railroad--hand-laid inside a diagonal pattern with out mortar adhesion--it features archeswhose imposts were offset as well as installed directly around form one another, creating ,respectively, its 54.11- and 60.5-foot long n. And south elevations. Contrary to its name , it does nothave a tilted top.The 901-foot-long Staple Bend canal , also within the playground and created by Irish and Welshemployees between 1831 as well as 1833, is the places oldest such railroad tunnel, and was useduntil 1854, if the Pennsylvania Railroad routed its track somewhere else. Today, it invites hikersthrough the detailed stonework entry and features sandstone arched lines.Costa Rica homes for sale