Manayunk Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Bridge
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)
BH Photo #316075
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.
- Howe pony truss bridge over Nothing (Exhibit) on Nothing (Exhibit)
- Washington, District of Columbia
- One truss line on display as museum exhibit.
- Built 1845 1/2 Mile East of Flat Rock Tunnel. In service until 1901.
- - Richard B. Osborne
- - Reading Railroad (RDG)
- Cast iron Howe truss, originally consisting of three truss lines, with the center truss line being more shallow. Verticals were wrought iron.
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)
- February 23, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added category "Museum"
- February 13, 2015: Added by Nathan Holth