Northern Central Railroad
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Trail History

    The Northern Central Railway was completed in 1858 to provide rail service between Baltimore and Sunbury, PA. Operations came to a halt in 1972 as a result of hurricane Agnes destroying bridges and eroding some of the tracks.

For a description of the origin of the trail, please see the following: How The Trail Began by Alan S. Field

Also visit the wikipedia description at:

History of Ashland

History of Monkton

History of Pleasant Valley

    On November 18, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln used the Northern Central Railroad on his trip to deliver the Gettysburg Address. After Lincoln was assassinated, his body was transported over the same rails as the funeral train made it's sad journey from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois. The train departed Washington on April 21, 1865, made a stop at Baltimore's Camden Station, then departed Baltimore for it's next stop in New Freedom.