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B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge

Photos 

Looking north

Photo taken in July 2014

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BH Photo #291676

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Visitors should be advised that other than an approach via Gough Street this bridge is extremely difficult to access and photograph without trespassing on either railroad or private property. Area on the east side is a confusing mess of former streets turned industrial access roads.

Facts 

Overview
Whipple through truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on CSX Transportation (nee B&O)
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1885
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Canton Railroad (CTN)
- Conrail (CR)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Pin-connected Whipple through truss, skewed at approximately 60-degree angle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Also called
NS/CTN Overpass
B&O/PC Overpass
NS/CSX Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.28883, -76.55875   (decimal degrees)
39°17'20" N, 76°33'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/365572/4349987 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baltimore East
Inventory number
BH 60608 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 2, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 14, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Build date added
  • August 21, 2014: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • July 30, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Numerous corrections and additions
  • April 6, 2014: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted November 17, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Two. This is to the south of the one to which you refer.

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted August 21, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

This is not the bridge that the Northeast Corridor passes under. How many Whipple RR bridges are in the Baltimore area?

Regards,

Art S.

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted April 8, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (lner4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Let me get over this flu and I'll be on it. If it's really the one you mention, it's not actually that visible, and it's not the safest of areas either (and this comes from someone who goes through awful ghettos without a thought). My maps show this to be CSX (former Baltimore & Ohio/Chessie System) crossing over Norfolk Southern (former Pennsylvania RR).

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted April 6, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Spent a few moments looking for the "230-foot steel truss crossing NS and Amtrak in Baltimore" that was mentioned in the article Art referenced. Not sure if this is it, but its a rare pin connected Whipple railroad truss and is viewable from public streets. Someone should photograph it!