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Northern Central Railway and Heritage Rail Trail Guidebook: Mason-Dixon Sites by Robert L. Williams & Scott L. Mingus Sr.

The Northern Central Railway was the primary railroad between Baltimore, Maryland, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and point farther north from the mid-1800s for more than 100 years. Part of the route on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line is now a heritage rail trail, highlighted by a few restored stations. Abraham Lincoln rode these rails on his way to and from Gettysburg to deliver the famed Gettysburg Address in November 1863, and the NCR was one of the routes used by his funeral train to travel from Washington to his burial place in Springfield, Illinois. Author Robert L. Williams, a Marylander steeped in the history of the NCR and its later parent company, the Pennsylvania Railroad, has selected illustrative photos from his extensive collection of railroad ephemera to augment his track and building layout drawings to present a comprehensive look at the NCR’s line from Baltimore northward into south-central Pennsylvania.

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