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Manayunk Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Bridge

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Exhibit.

Photo taken by Steve Tatum in July 2010, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/setatum/4798944763

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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Description 

GPS is approximate. Surviving bridge truss line is part of a permanent exhibit featuring the John Bull locomotive at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

This was the first iron railroad bridge in the United States, built by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. It cost $1,571.95 to construct. It opened May 5, 1845.

Facts 

Overview
Howe pony truss bridge over Nothing (Exhibit) on Nothing (Exhibit)
Location
Washington, District of Columbia
Status
One truss line on display as museum exhibit.
History
Built 1845 1/2 Mile East of Flat Rock Tunnel. In service until 1901.
Builder
- Richard B. Osborne
Railroad
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
Cast iron Howe truss, originally consisting of three truss lines, with the center truss line being more shallow. Verticals were wrought iron.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 34.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89120, -77.02941   (decimal degrees)
38°53'28" N, 77°01'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/323993/4306660 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 65990 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Museum"
  • February 13, 2015: Added by Nathan Holth

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