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WMSR/GAP - US-40 Overpass

Photos 

Looking at east side of bridge

Photo taken by Jodi Christman on June 14, 2013

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BH Photo #257326

Map 

Street View 

Video 

Farewell to 734!

Historic steam engine #734 crosses the US 40 overpass starting at 5:15 in this video

YouTube user peterandben

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Description 

The Western Maryland Railroad steel truss bridge crosses over the National Road (US 40) in the Narrows near Cumberland, MD. Cumberland Narrows is a scenic gorge where Wills Creek carved 1000 feet deep into Wills Mountain. The pass facilitated commerce and travel. The bridge was constructed around 1910. It consists of two spans, each 150 feet in length. The bridge shares service with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and the Great Allegheny Passage--a multi-use rail trail, suitable also for biking and walking.

The WMRR company started in the early 1850s as an agricultural railroad in central Maryland. In 1852 it incorporated as Baltimore, Carroll & Frederick Railroad. The following year it changed its name to Western Maryland Railroad. The railroad reorganized as Western Maryland Railway in 1909. In 1983 it merged with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In 1987 it was acquired by CSX Transportation.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over US 40 on WMRR
Location
Allegany County, Maryland
Status
Open to trains and pedestrians
History
Built 1910 ca
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- Chessie System
- Rail-to-trail
- Western Maryland Railway (WM)
- Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR)
Design
Baltimore through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Also called
WM - Mainline Bridge
WM - US 40 Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.67034, -78.79079   (decimal degrees)
39°40'13" N, 78°47'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/689489/4393502 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cumberland
Inventory number
BH 56611 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2016: New video from Roger Deschner
  • June 23, 2013: Updated by Jodi Christman: Changed main name
  • June 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "US 40", "Western Maryland Railway"
  • June 14, 2013: New Street View added by John Marvig
  • June 14, 2013: Added by Jodi Christman

Sources 

  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Great Allegheny Passage Bridge
Posted September 29, 2013, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

Does anyone know who the builder / contractor was for this bridge? Thanks in advance.