Situated in rural south central Pennsylvania in the early to mid Ď50s the ENEPTA line has the distinction of being the final link in the continuous trolley route across the Commonwealth. Only it was completed 40 years too late, after most of the route had been torn up.
Unlike many early trolley lines ENEPTA is not named for the towns it connected, instead it is named after a hill that reminded some early settlers of the head of an eagle. Modern locals believe there was more moonshine went into that vision than anyone would admit at the time. ENEPTA rolled through the hills of rural PA, not serving the largest populace, West Capwell, until the bridge across Little River was completed in 1953. That bridge was the final connecting link to the defunct statewide rail network. A covered highway bridge had occupied the spot until it burned to the ground, or water, and the state road commission refused to replace it because a new highway would cross the river only 5 miles upstream. Of course thatís 12 miles each way on these windy, hilly, roads. So when ENEPTA acquired the right to build the bridge everyone was delighted. People were more than happy to take the streetcar and leave the í38 Ford at home (nobody in these parts could afford a new automobile).
ENEPTA thrived in this unique environment, and with the collection of cars from both ends of the state (remember this was the final link across the State) they are able to provide a high level of service.
Now that you know the background, sit back and enjoy your tour of the line.
Interurban freight motor 91, pulling the observation trailer "Jenny", crosses Little River as it approaches the terminus in West Capwell. West Penn car 727 (ENEPTA hasnít gotten around to repainting all the used cars it acquired) rolls by in the background. The railroad track under the bridge is an active location where ENEPTA exchanges cars with the Pennsy and New York Central Railroads. Passenger trains are also met by the trolleys to bring passengers across the river into town.
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