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The Keatings Explore Pennsylvania & Delaware, Part I

Smith Bridge DE-02-01
Smith Bridge
Smith Bridge Interior

Hi Folks
      Liz and I have returned from another cb/rr trip. On Friday, Sept 19, we drove to Mansfield, Pa and checked into a Comfort Inn. After unloading our luggage, we drove to Pennsylvania's self proclaimed "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania". There are 2 state parks, Leonard Harrison and Colton Point that comprise the park area.
      On Saturday, we drove to Wellsboro to ride the Tioga Central Railroad. After the train ride we drove to Exton, Chester county, Pa(near Philadelphia), where we had reservations for 9 nights. I picked a Comfort Suites here because it was reasonably central to Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, and Lancaster counties, Pa. plus northern Delaware.
      On Sunday we drove to Delaware, visiting Smith, Ashland and Wooddale bridges. Smith was our 1st stop, and I have att'd interior and exterior photos. Ashland was our 2nd stop--2 photos. We did drive to Woodale, but Liz did not take any pictures, as only the abutments were finished. It was destroyed in a flood in 2003 and is presently being rebuilt.
      In the afternoon we drove to the Wilmington & Western rr. We purchased tickets on the Hockessin Express, which went right by the Wooddale bridge. Liz purchased a postcard of the Woodale cb taken before the flood in the rr gift shop. While we were on the train, the conductor pointed out the bridge site, and said before the flood, it was the most photographed site during the train ride. Liz took a picture from the train. Liz says the postcard picture shows that the bridge is very similar to the other two Delaware bridges.


Ashland Bridge DE-02-02
Ashland Bridge
Wooddale Bridge DE-02-03
being rebuilt
Colton Point, Pennsylvania
Tioga Central RR
Passenger car
Willmington & Western
Fitch's Bridge. Photo by Gabrielle Buel December 20, 2001
Wilmington & Western engine
Wilmington & Western tender & Tom

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Joe Nelson, P.O Box 267, Jericho, VT 05465-0267
This file posted 10/16/2008