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WM - Spring Garden Swingbridge

Photos 

WM Draw 1

Looking west from east end

Photo taken from Facebook, used with permission of photographer

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BH Photo #271949

Map 

Street Views 

Video 

Kayak Adventure to Spring Garden Swing Bridge (Baltimore, Md)

A visit to the the abandoned Western Maryland Railroad's Spring Garden Swing Bridge in Baltimore, Md. Only accessible by boat.

Pat Gavin

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Description 

Swing span currently locked in open position. Proposal has been made to semi-permanently close this draw span (which sits over heavily silted, now-non-navigable waterway) and incorporate it into local waterfront trail system

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss swing bridge over Spring Garden Channel, Patapsco River on former Western Maryland Railway
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built 1903, abandoned 1980s
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- Western Maryland Railway (WM)
Design
220-foot Through truss with 220-foot deck girder and wooden trestle approaches
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 2,045.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Also called
WM - Port Covington Swingbridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.26507, -76.62468   (decimal degrees)
39°15'54" N, 76°37'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/359839/4347450 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baltimore East
Inventory number
BH 58984 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2017: New photo from Pat Gavin
  • September 12, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • June 30, 2016: New video from Pat Gavin
  • September 29, 2014: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • December 17, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 17, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added lengths and possible future adaptation
  • December 15, 2013: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Douglas Butler
  • Pat Gavin
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com