2018-06-14 / Local & State

South Penn Railroad Authority To Address Historical Society


The Fulton County Historical Society (FCHS) will hold its summer membership meeting June 30, at 7 p.m., at the FCHS Museum Annex banquet room. The banquet room is located at the rear of the building with parking available at McConnellsburg Firehall parking lot.

The speaker will be Russell Love, who has been researching the South Pennsylvania Railroad for the last 15 years. A grandly planned railroad from the late 1880s through 1900, the South Pennsylvania Railroad was to cross over and tunnel through multiple mountains and traverse over rivers, to include Fulton County.

Despite much work done to create the beds to lay the rail ties, the line was never completed. Love became aware of the railroad while traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and, after learning of its history, was hooked on tracing the proposed route that was later to be abandoned.

Love will present his years of research on what is called the Railroad That Never Was. He will use maps and illustrations to show where the route was started and work was completed. This meeting is open to the public. Persons interested in the history of railroads in southern Pennsylvania and Fulton County, don’t want to miss this presentation.


Rays Hill Tunnel during construction of the railroad tunnel in the 1880s.

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