Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 EDU: Nova Archaeology: Allegheny Portage Railroad: a virtual time machine

Allegheny Portage Railroad: a virtual time machine
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Nova Archaeology is on the hypergrid.  This report focuses on a major railroad display there.
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Places on Nova Archaeology
Find the railroad
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Hypergrid access

  • In any Hypergrid-enabled grid, open the world map
  • Copy the line below into the Search Bar
  • nova.bio-se.info:9000
  • Click the Find button next to the Search Bar
  • Click Teleport when it lights up
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Allegheny Portage Railroad
The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed through the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania, United States. It was a series of 10 inclines, approximately 36 miles (58 km) long, and operated from 1834 to 1854. It connected two canal divisions of the Main Line of Public Works of the Pennsylvania Canal from Johnstown on the west to Hollidaysburg on the east, thus allowing continuous barge traffic between the Ohio and Susquehanna rivers. Considered a technological marvel in its day, it played a critical role in opening the interior of the United States beyond the Appalachian Mountains to settlement and commerce. It included the first railroad tunnel in the United States, the Staple Bend Tunnel, and its inauguration was marked with great fanfare
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Nova Archaeology is part of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE).  VIBE is an independent hypergrid network.
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The Portage and Allegheny regions have important contributions from the National Park Service.  The area reflects renditions of the mid 1800’s life ways, when the railway cut through the Allegheny mountains. Real life pics and 3D images are displayed throughout the area as mentioned in an article by Ann Cudworth:
The goal of this project  is to create a virtual teaching and learning environment for  students and the general public using a virtual 3-D world available to users via the world-wide web. 
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In a railway portage, barges arrive by canal and travel by rail to another canal.  
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In this case, the barges were moving across the Eastern Continental Divide,
crossing the Appalachian Mountains,
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Rope was essential

Originally, a thick rope was used to pull the rail cars up from the canal, with power supplied by a stationary seam engine. 
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News and Notes

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