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BLA - Severn River Bridge

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B&ASL - Severn River Bridge

Removed

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in May 2016

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BH Photo #353647

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Facts 

Overview
Lost Wooden Trestle bridge over Severn River on Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad
Location
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Status
Removed
History
Built 1887; Removed in the 1960s
Railroads
- Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad (BLA)
- Baltimore & Annapolis Shortline Railroad (B&ASL)
- Interurban
- Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway (WB&A)
Design
Through truss swing span originally at middle of bridge, removed and replaced with trestlework in 1900s
Also called
B&ASL - Severn River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.00086, -76.49226   (decimal degrees)
39°00'03" N, 76°29'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/370781/4317930 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 72227 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added photo, corrected design and history
  • May 18, 2016: Updated by Luke: Edited info per forum comment.
  • May 18, 2016: Added by Douglas Butler

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Comments 

BLA - Severn River Bridge
Posted December 26, 2016, by Mike mitchell (Mmitchell [at] lrwillsonandsons [dot] com)

Trussel went from point of land south of your dot and went strait across Severn

I remember the trussle to the mid 80's

BLA - Severn River Bridge
Posted December 26, 2016, by Mike mitchell (Mmitchell [at] lrwillsonandsons [dot] com)

Trussel went from point of land south of your dot and went strait across Severn

I remember the trussle to the mid 80's

B&ASL - Severn River Bridge
Posted May 18, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I wrote too quickly. The pointer has been moved to the correct location.

B&ASL - Severn River Bridge
Posted May 18, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

I have lived near this crossing for almost fifty years. There was an accident on this bridge (the truss was left open) in 1913. Therefore this bride is older than 1913. The swing trestle was removed in the late 1960's, although the rest of the wooden trestle was not removed until the 1980's. The photograph gives some sense of how small the swing trestle was. The upper end of the Severn River above Annapolis has never been commercially important. The pointer is not anywhere near the location of the bridge. It crossed from Manresa to Wardour, upriver from the Naval Academy bridge and below the present US50 bridge.