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Catoctin Branch Lunch Meeting

posted Jun 7, 2017, 11:36 AM by Doug Li   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 Time:11:30 AM, Luncheon

 Place: Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

 Cost: $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.

Speaker: Michael O’Connor, P.E.

About the Speaker:

 Mike O’Connor is a professional engineer with five decades of experience in the construction industry and four decades as a professional engineer. He currently is Chief Engineer with the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line railroad museum, a non-profit dedicated to preserving engineering history and providing technical assistance to other exempt preservation organizations.  


 In the period just after the American Civil War, Frederick county experienced an explosive growth in railroad construction. First the Western Maryland was extended from Union Bridge in Carrol county through Thurmont up to Penmar on South mountain. Then came the Frederick city led efforts to build a line 30 miles north to the Pennsylvania state line and then connect to York, Pennsylvania. Joseph Gitt, first as chief engineer for the Western Maryland extension and then as a civil engineering consultant for the second railroad, the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line railroad,  was typical of an earlier generation of practicing  “civil engineers”. His plans for both railroads reflected that thinking and practice. John Haydon  on the other hand was a veteran of the Baltimore and Ohio extension through the Alleghenies and an ex-confederate engineering officer taken prisoner at Fort Henry in 1862. Both men reflected a different but somewhat similar path to the profession.  The construction of these two civil engineering projects and their differences reflected the men and practices of that time in the 19th century.  

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour

Doug Li,
Jun 7, 2017, 11:36 AM