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Bay View Junction Overpass

Photos 

Bayview Overpass WB 1

View looking compass east from westbound passenger train on Amtrak

Photo taken in July 2014

BH Photo #290438

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Whipple through truss replaced in 2016

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over Railroad (Amtrak) on Railroad (CSX)
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Replaced second week of March 2016
History
Built 1885, replaced with through plate girder 2016
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Whipple through truss
Also called
CSX/Amtrak Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.29695, -76.55329   (decimal degrees)
39°17'49" N, 76°33'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/366058/4350880 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baltimore East
Inventory number
BH 60607 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,227)
Amtrak (436)
Baltimore, Maryland (75)
Built 1885 (149)
Built during 1880s (1,649)
CSX Railroad (1,265)
Grade Separated Rail Crossing (302)
Have street view (22,578)
Lost (18,942)
Lost 2016 (149)
Lost during 2010s (2,079)
Maryland (661)
Owned by railroad (9,957)
Railroad (13,231)
Replaced by new bridge (12,567)
Through truss (12,949)
Truss (29,550)
Whipple truss (267)

Update Log 

  • October 19, 2017: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • April 15, 2016: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • March 17, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge has been replaced
  • February 8, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Scheduled for removal second week of March 2016
  • September 23, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Reports indicate this bridge is being replaced shortly
  • December 14, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added confirmed construction date
  • November 19, 2014: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • August 3, 2014: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • April 7, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Appears to also be a whipple, added streetview
  • April 6, 2014: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted March 17, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sandy,

I'm assuming that means it was scrapped rather than simply set aside, correct?

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted March 7, 2016, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

As the person who posted all four photos, I should point out that all four photos were secured from cooperative railroad officials, only one of which is willing to be named. Further, the photos from the train are not from a regular passenger train, but from a reward-facing camera riding on a special track inspection vehicle. Anyone attempting to duplicate these photos from a regular Amtrak or MARC passenger train is likely to be very disappointed in the results by comparison.

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted February 8, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

As the first three photos of this bridge illustrate, often the best photos available from a passenger train of any type are from the rear window after passing by the object of interest. I once stood in the rear window of a moving Amtrak train for an hour, just taking pictures.

One way to deal with dirty train windows is to use a low f-stop, to create a shallow depth-of-field, to help make the dirt on the window out of focus. This will also require a faster shutter speed, which is also a good thing from a moving train. Position the camera lens as close to the window as you can without touching it. But a shallow depth-of-field also requires you to focus carefully on the object and keep it in focus as your train moves away from it. This is not a perfect technique, but it may be the best possible way to get otherwise impossible photos through dirty windows.

Baltimore train-riders: how about a couple more photos of this bridge, out the rear window, before its demise?

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted August 3, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Be careful flying a drone off a bridge. They lost ine in alabama over water because it didn't know where home was 100' up and drove straight into the Tennessee River. Bummer. Would have been some great shots for us. He wobt go over water much anymore.

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted August 3, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Be careful flying a drone off a bridge. They lost ine in alabama over water because it didn't know where home was 100' up and drove straight into the Tennessee River. Bummer. Would have been some great shots for us. He wobt go over water much anymore.

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted August 3, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Neat to see the oldtimer still carrying trains!

Where roadway Whipple trusses were built into the mid-1890's, I would say that this being a RR span would put it likely no newer than 1880-1885.

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted August 3, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

The drone idea has some merit, but the area has far too many high-voltage power lines criss-crossing the location (Amtrak catenary and other lines) to permit me to recommend the idea.

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted July 31, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Perhaps a solution to photo woes could be found here >.> http://www.thecoolist.com/7-high-tech-drones-for-sale-today/

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted July 31, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Sorry (but not surprised) to hear that this RR over RR bridge in an urban/industrial area is not easy to access. Urban RR bridges have been a constant frustration for me since I began photographing bridges.

If Amtrak trains out east are anything like the ones in Chicago, it is particularly challenging to take any photos from the train because they NEVER clean the windows, so there is a combination of fingerprints on the inside and dirt on the outside. Given these conditions, I did have decent luck trying this with a bridge (in a steel mill) in Chicago which is similarly impossible to access due to insane security.

http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Also should note it is problematic to photo bridges you directly pass over or under on the Amtrak because you only have a side window which is sealed. Back in the Good Ole Days, you could open train windows and stick your head out... and get better photos!

Bay View Junction Overpass
Posted July 30, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Be advised that this bridge is essentially impossible to access even by railroad personnel of either Amtrak or CSX except by train--even Amtrak officials report being cut off from access to this area by CSX removing access roads that used to traverse adjacent Bayview Yard! Trespassing to access this bridge is STRONGLY discouraged, and will likely result in immediate arrest by railroad police on safety grounds. Further, heavy tree growth obstructs the view from nearby industrial properties which also prohibit trespassing. Best way to see this bridge is either from Interstate 895 or by riding an Amtrak or MARC train underneath it.....