The photo you see in the heading is the end of the double loop grade along the west slope of the Chestnut Ridge.
Here in this photo a set of broken curved arrows represent the end of the railroad descent down the Chestnut Ridge. You can see the Pennsylvania Turnpike coming out of the cut just to the right, east of the 84.6 mile post to join back up with the South Pennsylvania Railroad right of way. The last landmark that brought me to this site is hidden down below the present house seen in this view. I believe the original house was to be destroyed so the land was bought and the money was re invested into location and a new two story house you see here was built. The old house (seen in the next photo) still stands because the railroad never got built here and is little more then a very small log cabin pretty much not worth saving. Notice how the railroad was going to utilize the natural curve of the mountainside to curve from north (right north) to west (ahead in the center right of this view). This was one of those last landmark site that has been eluding me for some time.
Notice how we are almost aligned with the Pennsylvania Turnpike at this point along the west slope. The turnpike is seen along the right side of the photo. The railroad is about to curve to join with the turnpike alignment.
Below: This is how the South Penn grade was suppose to descend down the Chestnut Ridge west of Donegal in Westmoreland County. The area in which I am showing in the header photo is seen on this map at the center left to the top left side of the double loops. The upper loop is on this map at the top right and the lower loop is at the bottom left corner.
The photo you see in the heading is the end of the double loop grade along the west slope of the Chestnut Ridge. Here in this photo a set ...
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