Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway

Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, earlier known as the Mauch Chunk Railroad and Mauch Chunk, Summit Hill and Switchback Railroad, was a 9-mile gravity railroad in Pennsylvania that went between Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe, and Summit Hill. After abandoning freight operations, the railroad survived until 1938 as an early roller coaster. The Mauch Chunk Rail Road was built and owned by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. Construction began in January 1827 on an existing road and the road opened on May 5, 1827. It sent anthracite from company mines up at Summit Hill to the company's coal chutes in Mauch Chunk on the Lehigh River. The return trip was handled by mules, who then rode the trains downhill. Thus, downhill cars covered the trip in just half an hour, while the uphill trip took four hours.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 3mm | 91g
  • Bellum Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135888528
  • 9786135888522