March 24th – Friday

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. – Romans 14:1

On this day in 1828, the first state-owned railway was authorized. One of the earliest commercial railroads in the U.S., the Philadelphia & Columbia Railway was built by the Pennsylvania Canal Commission from Philadelphia to Columbia in place of a canal. It became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1857, and the western station was located near Wright’s Ferry, which is currently the city of Columbia in Lancaster County. The Pennsylvania legislature permitted the project through the Main Line of Public Works, though their desire had been to link the state by canals. As railroad technology rapidly changed, the legislature sold the railway and the majority of the canal system to the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Allegheny Portage Railroad was also acquired by the Pennsylvania railroad, with the stipulation that it link Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Administrator Amit Bose as he manages the Federal Railroad Administration to ensure safe and reliable railway transportation.
  • That Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other leaders in the Transportation Department would seek God’s direction in their roles.
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