I drove down Rt. 40 earlier today, and made some stops to check out the
former L1 route. I found only one ancient wooden (Prob L1) route marker
alongside the road, near perryville. Some additional route markers appeared
in Havre de Grace; small plastic ones protruding about a foot with "AT&T"
fading on them. Along the whole route there was evidence of a "Bell System"
cable - more markers, though similarly faded, consisting of a metal post,
similar to that used for street signs, waist high with a reflective 2x4
panel with the Bell symbol on it. Random other types of markers in lesser
quantities were also noted, in varying disrepair. Alongside the
Susquehanna, there was a no anchor, cable crossing sign on the shore down
below the bridge.
In Aberdeen, I noted a larger plastic route marker alongside the road,
with an arrow point away from the southboundside, with what appeared to be
the code for a repeater (I can dig up my notes for the lettering if anybody
knows how to decipher). Quite new adhesive numbers were on the post. I
followed the adjacent, appearingly well used access road until crossing the
RR and coming upon a gate. I found similar points closer to elkton, though
it pointed down a public road; no AT&T presence was found there either. In
both cases, across the road, on the Northbound side, the east coast mainline
railroad was present, with the AT&T route clearly marked in the RoW.
It seems to me, looking at the maps and the evidence, that there were at
least three distinct routes between Baltimore and Wilmington. The first,
and seemingly unused, ran along the southbound shoulder of the road. This
would likely be the old L1 route. The next follows the RR ROW, which mostly
lies just off the northbound side of the road. The third is one I haven't
pinned down precisely, but seems clear that it is on the southbound side
somewhere. It is possible it ran close to I-95, with access to the route
from 40. I'll do some further investigation in the future . . . comments
> > Here's some info which might help in your search: a former Long Lines
> > supervisor who worked at Monrovia noted that there was an L1 manhole in
> > Havre de Grace, in the sidewalk along Rt. 40 just before the Susquehanna
> > River crossing. He recalls that the cable might have been in conduit
> > "underground"), rather than direct-buried.
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