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WM - Ridgeley-Cumberland Bridge

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Piedmont and Cumberland Railroad Bridge

This bridge spanned the Potomac River between Ridgeley, WV, and Cumberland, MD

Photo provided by Mike Piontka

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BH Photo #376029

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Description 

The bridge was completed in 1887 by the Piedmont and Cumberland (P&C) Railroad. The P&C RR was a subsidiary of the West Virginia, Central, and Pittsburgh Railroad, and the crossing of the Potomac gave the WV, C, and P access to the Cumberland Wharf and the B&O. It eventually became part of the Western Maryland.

This photograph was salvaged from a trash dump.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over North Branch Potomac River on Railroad
Location
Ridgeley, Allegany County, Maryland, and Mineral County, West Virginia
Status
Demolished
Future prospects
None
History
Built 1887
Railroads
- Piedmont & Cumberland Railway (P&C)
- West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railway (WVC&P)
- Western Maryland Railway (WM)
Design
Pratt through truss
Also called
WM - North Branch Potomac River Bridge (Cumberland)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.64697, -78.76478   (decimal degrees)
39°38'49" N, 78°45'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/691785/4390962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cumberland
Elevation
610 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 75207 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 17, 2017: Added by Mike Piontka

Sources 

  • Mike Piontka