Transport: Dream Drained

Exactly a century ago State surveyors reconnoitred a rail route over Pennsylvania's forested ridges between Chambersburg and Pittsburgh. Two more surveys were made, four times the name of the prospective road was changed before 1863 when the line, on which in 25 years not so much as a spadeful of earth had been turned, received its final title—the South Pennsylvania Railroad. Not, however, because of these abortive promotions, but because 54 years ago the late William Henry Vanderbilt lost his temper, was Pennsylvania able last week to take the first steps to obtain...

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