Philadelphia & Columbia RR - Original Railway Track
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bluejacket01
N 39° 59.734 W 075° 12.991
18S E 481517 N 4427286
Quick Description: A portion of the original stone block railway track is still in existence in Fairmount Park - dating back to 1832 when trains were pulled by horses.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/13/2012 9:07:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMFFXM
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Leprechauns
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Long Description:
From the marker: 'One of America's earliest railroads, authorized by the state legislature in 1828 and completed in 1834. Stretching 82 miles west to the Susquehanna, it was powered first by horses, later by steam. Part of a state-owned transportation system, including the Pennsylvania Canal, built in response to intense competition from adjacent states. Acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. in 1857. Stone blocks placed for the original track have remained visible here.'

This is one of the oldest remains of railway track in the United States. (There may be another site, with stone sill track, near Baltimore, Maryland). This stone block track predates the use of rolled rail and crossties, a system that is still in common use today. It gives us one of the few connections to the early concept of American railway track design still in existence.

In the waymark gallery is included a plan from the B&O Railroad showing what this track may have looked like if it was strap rail, as is most likely. Another possibility is that this track used edge rail, an earlier version of railway track.

Also in the waymark gallery is a 'snip' of a Google aerial map, showing the arrangement of the stone blocks and giving an idea of the track alignment in this location. Wikipedia has a map showing about where this track was located, just west of the Belmont inclined plane.
Marker Name: Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad

County: Philadelphia

Date Dedicated: 5/17/2001

Marker Type: Roadside

Location: On the south side of Edgley Avenue, just east of the intersection of Edgley Avenue and Belmont Avenue (Fairmount Park), Philadelphia, PA

Category: Railroads

Website: [Web Link]

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