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Posted June 15, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It is roughly a 350 Foot swing span.

Posted June 15, 2017, by Richard (Wilt308 [at] aol [dot] com)

I was wondering if anyone knows how long the part that turns is?

Thanks R~

Posted June 9, 2017, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

This appears to be a Bailey bridge constructed to replace a bridge washed out in 1972 flooding.

Posted March 10, 2017, by Connie (poof911 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Closed on or about 3/2/2017 - Montgomery County DOT Highways said it's an historic bridge & may take 1 year to reconstruct. FYI.

Posted March 6, 2017, by Dawn (peepers_1973 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thank you! My 3rd grader was doing a project on bridges and she chose this one! There is hardly anything out there about the actual TRAIN bridge...

Thank you for the information!

Dawn - Ellicott City, MD.

Posted March 6, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The big concern is the Susquehanna River Bridge.

Posted March 5, 2017, by twbutz@gmail.com (twbutz [at] gmail [dot] com)

I do not know if anyone inspected this bridge lately,I would be afraid to ride a train over it.This bridge is in such bad shape.

Posted February 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

John G. Here is Baptist Road Bridge per your description, thanks again

Posted February 18, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

John added Builder plaque photo to body of bridge description and bridge up the road per your description. If you travel that way take more pictures and thanks for sharing!

Posted February 18, 2017, by JohnG (jfgorham [at] att [dot] net)

Correction 1918 construction.

Posted February 18, 2017, by JohnG (jfgorham [at] att [dot] net)

The 1911 Starners Dam Bridge crosses the Monocacy River on Shoemaker Rd. You have the location correct. The two branches of Alloway creek are crossed by modern spans on Baptist Rd, about 100 yds. northeast of this bridge.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Matt Lohry

I've even seen that minor roadway cracking that happens to be on a bridge deck surface can render it as "structurally deficient". It does not say "structurally unsafe". As Nathan and Robert pointed out, it simply means that the bridge needs some sort of repair. When the sufficiency percentage falls below a certain point, the status becomes "structurally deficient". I don't know what that number is. In contrast, "functionally obsolete" does NOT mean structurally deficient--this simply means that the design of the bridge does not meet current FHA/DOT standards. Such factors as low overhead clearance, narrow lane widths, or lack of shoulders can be determining factors of functional obsolescence. A bridge can be in perfect structural condition and still be considered functionally obsolete.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I also wish to make it absolutely clear that "Structurally Deficient" does NOT mean that a bridge is unsafe for use. In the United States all bridges that are structurally unsafe are immediately closed to traffic. All structurally deficient bridges are safe for use if they are open to traffic and users follow all posted signage for weight and overhead clearance is obeyed. Structurally Deficient is just a fancy way of saying "needs some repair" in the same way your house might need some repairs, but yet at the same time is not unsafe to continue living in until you get around to making those repairs.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The term, structurally deficient, can sound scary. In truth, many bridges that are structurally deficient can be repaired. A lot of times, the reason a bridge gets listed as structurally deficient is due to deterioration on the bottom chord or the deck stringers. In these instances, the rest of the bridge may be in great shape. I am not a bridge inspector so I don't know the situation with this one.

Posted February 16, 2017, by Anonymous

Structurally deficient means your trucks can't keep getting bigger and heavier because of design loading. Functionally obsolete means more of the same, not designed for modern traffic. Fracture critical doesn't mean it's going to fall down tomorrow, either. Engineering terms.

Posted February 15, 2017, by Martha Kirkpatrick (marti [dot] kirkpatrick [at] verizon [dot] net)

Because I, and a lot of heavy trucks and commuter traffic cross this bridge a lot and it's listed here as Appraisal: Structurally deficient, might it be replaced before it falls in the river, and if so when please? I don't see it listed on the county master plan.

Posted January 24, 2017, by Bernard J Sachs (bjsachs [at] outlook [dot] com)

For a Treatise I am writing about streetcar service to Windsor Hills in Baltimore for the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, I am trying to locate a picture of the streetcar trestle constructed in 1901-02 by United Railways & Electric at the location of the current Clifton Avenue Bridge and demolished in 1927 to be replaced by a concrete combination streetcar and motor vehicle bridge. I cannot find any pictures of this trestle which was painted red and apparently constructed of wood. Can you give my any help?

Thank you. Bernard J Sachs bjsachs@outlook,com

Posted January 3, 2017, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

From what I've been able to gather, the bridge or viaduct, was built by the Maryland Mining Company of Eckhart Mines. The company owned the Eckhart Branch Railroad, which built from Eckhart to Wills Creek, along Braddock Run, in 1846. The company then built a line across Wills Creek, the viaduct shown, and named the new railroad extension, The Potomac Wharf Branch. It opened to the Potomac Wharf in Cumberland by 1850. So, the viaduct was constructed between 1846 and 1850.

In 1870, the railroad was absorbed into the Cumberland and Pennsylvania (C&P) Railroad.

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

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

Posted December 16, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Hit and run by rental truck with ensuing chase and capture video.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/cops...

Posted September 2, 2016, by DarkHorseVC63 (toddv63 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

3 of 3

Posted September 2, 2016, by DarkHorseVC63 (toddv63 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

two more photos, 2 of 3

Posted September 2, 2016, by DarkHorseVC63 (toddv63 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge has been completely renovated and converted to a bike/jogging bridge.

Posted August 25, 2016, by Ian Martin

I think that this could be considered an approach to the adjacent river crossing (http://bridgehunter.com/md/allegany/bh58364/).

Posted August 10, 2016, by Glyn Robinson (contactbluebird [at] hotmail [dot] com)

sharp! glad it's still being used.

Posted August 4, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi Nathan:

Check with the Webmaster about getting an account. If drawbridges are your specialty, it would be great to have you aboard.

Robert

Posted August 4, 2016, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

I need you to add a new street view images on every single drawbridge.

Posted July 26, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks to Julie Bowers / Workin' Bridges since a conversation about another bridge indirectly led me to discover that this bridge is an exceedingly rare example of a Lane truss! I added a streetview and categorized it accordingly. It should be considered among the most significant historic bridges in Maryland.

Posted June 8, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted May 18, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

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

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.

Posted April 22, 2016, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

A re-dedication is planned for this coming Monday.

This very funky Burr has a bit of an unusual story behind it, those with interest in wooden spans may wish to click in > https://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/the-curiosity-...

Posted March 30, 2016, by Anonymous

According to uglybridges.com the latest available inspection is 63 out of 100. Deck: Satisfactory, Superstructure: Fair, and Substructure: Satisfactory

Posted March 26, 2016, by Don Morrison

apostrophe and the "s" as well! LOL

Removed Queen Anne (Hardesty) from "city" entry; can't add Queen Anne's county for reason's (lol) already mentioned ....

Posted March 26, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

As Andy Peters pointed out earlier: The two counties connected are Anne Arundel County and Queen Anne's County (complete with apostrophe.)

Posted March 26, 2016, by Don Morrison

Mr. Elliot incorrectly listed this as at the "city" of Hardesty.

The web page only has provision for locating the bridge across adjacent counties, and not across the bay. It should also be in Queen Anne County, but James needs to correct this issue, as mentioned in previous posts.

Hardesty is the official name of the other place named Queen Anne in Maryland, and is inland, on the Patuxent River, west of the Bay.

Thus, the two locations for this bridge should be Anne Arundel county and Queen Anne County.

Reference this other bridge, it is at Hardesty:

http://bridgehunter.com/md/prince-georges/queen-anne/

Posted March 25, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Mr. Elliot, You did not leave an e-mail address. What precisely does "Queen Anne, Hardesty" mean? I know that Hardesty is a common name in this part of Maryland, and I know that the eastern ends of the bridges are in Queen Anne's County on Kent Island, but what does your addition refer to?

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?

Posted March 15, 2016, by nathan myers (nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If I remember correctly it is pretty low. It is on a remote backroad.

Posted March 13, 2016, by nathan myers (nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes, this bridge has been completely replace as of 2011.

Posted March 12, 2016, by Don Morrison

Photo 5 has a road sign saying 10 foot clearance.

Posted March 12, 2016, by Mike Daffron (daffronmike [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wow, looks like very tall vehicle wouldn't make it under. Is it as low as it looks?

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.

Posted March 2, 2016, by John

This bridge was originally built for the Western Maryland Rwy. as part of it's push towards Connellsville, PA in the early 20th Century. The tunnel never served the C&Pa (which ran lower down in the valley) or B&O (which took a different route to Connelsville).

Posted March 2, 2016, by John

This bridge was torn down in the late 1990's. It was determined to be the cause of the backup of water that occurred upstream along Wills Creek during the major flood of 1996. http://www.times-news.com/news/memories-of-the-flood-where-s...

When it was torn down, the bridge had not seen a train in over a decade. An increased rail shipping costs in the late '70s caused the last customers in Narrows Park (lower LaVale) to end getting rail shipments, and the railroad to abandon the line.

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?

Posted February 7, 2016, by Anonymous

The build date needs to be changed. This bridge was built in 1961 not 1932

Posted January 13, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Historic Bridge Inventory says that this bridge was built 1884 (not 1894) and by the Penn Bridge Company and cites Proceedings of County Commissioners as the source. So it seems to be documented. But this is unlike anything built by Penn Bridge. Did Penn Bridge perhaps erect a bridge fabricated by others?

Posted December 16, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Andy:

You are correct about Anne Arundel County not being listed as a choice. But, that is a problem that can only be fixed by the Webmaster, James Baughn. Have you tried contacting him about this?

Posted December 16, 2015, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

connects Queen Anne's County, Md., and Anne Arundel County, Md., but this site does not let you indicate that

Posted December 1, 2015, by Tim Ebel (thinkbigbuildsmart [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this bridge available for private use?

Posted November 29, 2015, by Luke

Very nice find!

Posted October 24, 2015, by Luke

Interesting find, Doug.

Posted October 5, 2015, by Anonymous

Why is there no INSPECTION RATING on this bridge shown? A lot of cars travel across this one everyday and was wondering when it was last inspected?

Posted August 3, 2015, by Al Grimes (agrimes [at] curtisengine [dot] com)

In 1968, I operated this bridge as a B&O employee.

It was part of the interlock (tower) system for the B&O.

I was a summer employee going to college, and qualified on many locations!

GREAT SUMMER JOB!

Posted July 19, 2015, by AR

Montgomery County Department of Public Works Bridge Crew did the 1996 reconstruction. Original construction was 1940.

Posted July 9, 2015, by Luke

You can see a different, shorter pier adjacent to the piers for the Bailey truss in the streetview.

Perhaps those were for the bridge the archaeologist crossed?

Posted July 9, 2015, by Elliott Johnson (elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

the archeologist crossed "a" bridge to this island in 1938 but I might have assumed incorrectly assumed that it was the same bridge. It probably replaced that bridge but I wish I knew when. I saw the patent date of the design after I had already submitted the entry.

Posted July 9, 2015, by Anonymous

I doubt this was around in 1938, as the Bailey truss was in development in the UK at the time.

Posted July 7, 2015, by David McCardell (mccardelldavid [at] gmail [dot] com)

The last picture appears to be a doctored photo showing a mirror image of some kind. Note that the two trees on either side are mirror images.

Posted June 4, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Notice of request for bids to rehab this bridge:

http://www.marylandbids.com/bid-opportunities/2015/05/30/635...

Posted March 12, 2015, by Zachary S

Apparently replaced by new concrete bridge in 2011.

Posted January 4, 2015, by Matt Lohry

The tops of the rails in the pic are shiny too, showing that the rail is still in use.

Posted January 4, 2015, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sorry to correct a previous commenter, but I have multiple maps and documentation showing this to be a former Baltimore & Ohio bridge, not a WM bridge, and this bridge is still in use. Perhaps this person is confusing this bridge with the former WM Spring Garden/Port Covington bridge up along Interstate 95, which is indeed out of service?

Posted December 10, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

I have crawled all over this location and not found any evidence of any surviving stone archwork at this location. I have to conclude the NBI data is erroneous and that this bridge should be deleted.

Posted December 4, 2014, by djm883

This bridge is still active and opens and closes multiple times a day for boat traffic.

Posted November 26, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

The "jug" sculpture was moved to a location adjacent to the interchange of Md. 144 and I-70 on the east side of Frederick.

Posted November 24, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

This bridge may be a very erroneous listing on the NBI. Will follow up upon.

Posted November 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted November 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The 500+ foot spans would have been among the longest simple truss spans when built. The deck truss span is particularly significant since most record-breaking spans are thru trusses, presumably because long spans require deep trusses that normally would not fit under the roadway level as a deck truss. Here is an article on the previous bridge: http://books.google.com/books?id=058oAQAAMAAJ&dq=Susquehanna...

Posted November 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Inventory form attached.

Posted November 17, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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

Posted September 29, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Truck attack:

http://m.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/police...

Just in case Pollocks Mill wasn't enough.

Posted September 13, 2014, by Barry Schriver (bschriver11 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This railroad bridge was built by the Georges creek and Cumberland railroad which was later bought by the Western Maryland railway,the round house was located here where southern states is now located.

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.

Posted August 12, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is one of the strangest things I have ever heard of. A privately owned tolled low water crossing. Very strange indeed.

Posted August 12, 2014, by Jim Egenrieder (Jim [at] woodhouseresearch [dot] org)

August 12, 2014: The bridge has been closed through part of June and all of July 2014, and not expected to reopen for another week or so. Call first or you may need to add another hour to your trip. 301-478-5500

Posted August 7, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Additional information added from PRR Triumph VI by Roberts & Messer (2003)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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!

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.....

Posted July 21, 2014, by AR

Thanks, Luke! I'll let my informant know.

Posted July 4, 2014, by John (wmry1813 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This was a former Western Maryland bridge, not B&O. It is no longer active. CSX had used it for backup maneuvers to access nearby sidings, but they are no longer served.

Posted June 30, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)

Part of the reason tracking down information on this span is a bit of a challenge is that there is a second set of piers that share these construction details, which share the same adjacency to the current Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge - One set over the River followed by a pair over the Chesapeake just downstream, I believe the like and also empty set over the bay originally carried the PW&B 1880 span pictured in your reply.

I spent eight months in the area on a bridge restoration but ten miles away (it was seeing the empty piers which began this in depth look) and got to know a number of area historians, and was told of the re-purposing then.

All that said, and I could have been told wrong. I have found contradictions aplenty. In part the hard to churn up aspect of this story is about confused information over two different nearby bridges. In part it is hard to believe the the PW&B would replace a two million dollar investment in less the fifteen years, could they have reached payback in that short span of time?

Posted June 30, 2014, by Luke Harden

I don't mind the edit, but isn't it correct that all of the wooden spans were replaced with iron in the 70s?

I'd found a image from the historical society that seems to confirm that they were, but I could be in error.

Posted June 30, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)

Luke -

I hope you don't mind if I edit the add. I have for some while been working to amass enough information to add it to this database.

I'm tossing a heads up because my edit would not just add information such as number of spans (13 @ '250 plus a Drawspan of '176 for a total of '3500) and the involvement of Parker & Powers, but would need to discuss the fact that this bridge had a service life far in excess of a single decade, and was not lost until the 30's - It was even re-purposed (after it was replaced by the adjacent and still in service'06 Iron Howe) in 1910 for vehicular use with ramp access' and floor beams and railings added in '27 for an additional travel lane, so it served as both a Through & Deck truss - One way travel in opposing directions.

Some background here > http://bridgewright.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/lost-to-evermor...

Posted June 21, 2014, by Anonymous

here a picture of and old bridge

Posted May 19, 2014, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

I was looking at this bridge closer and this bridge entry is for the West Bound lanes (a concrete arch built in 1936). The East Bound bridge is from 1966 and is a steel stringer. If you look closely on satellite maps, especially Bing's Birds Eye you can see the 2 separate bridges in parallel.

Posted May 16, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Scrolling through this post you will come upon some nice shots of this bridge:

http://www.bmwbmw.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&p=270675

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).

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!

Posted March 22, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Interesting Blog from 2009 describing the restoration:

http://lewsotherpics.blogspot.com/search?q=bowstring

Posted March 22, 2014, by Mike OConnor (bridge [at] riskengineering [dot] org)

See wiki article .."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Pipe_Creek_bridge_and_v...

The Little Pipe Creek bridge and viaduct is a 705-foot (215 m) continuous truss bridge with main span and 19 viaduct sections as well as an active railroad trestle south of Keymar, Maryland. Originally constructed by the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line Railroad Company (F&PL). Construction on the trestle began in late 1871, and continued until April 1872. It was rebuilt by the Pennsylvania railroad in 1896 as an open deck riveted iron plate under girder bridge and then again in 1902-1903 using steel in the bridge and trestling. In 1915, the bridge was surveyed as part of the Interstate Commerce Commission's effort to establish freight rates for the Parent railroad. The United States Railroad Administration rebuilt the creek span in the 1917 period. Additional work rebuilding the bridge and trestling was performed in the 1982-1989 period by the Maryland State Railroad Administration. In 1991, the bridge was surveyed as part of the Maryland Historic Sites Inventory.

As of 2013, the bridge is in active rail service, operated by the Maryland Midland railroad.

Posted March 16, 2014, by Quintin (Qrover80 [at] pipeline [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 3/15/2014.

Pictures taken at that time .

Of note are the remaining abutments of the old Covered Bridge at this location ..

Posted January 22, 2014, by Edward Brady (ed [at] fratusbrady [dot] com)

I am trying to find any information about the contractor that performed the "Widening and Rehabilitation of the Hanover Street Bridge Over Western Maryland Railway" in or about 1975 in Baltimore City. Anyone have any information or suggestions as to how I can identify the contractor that performed this project for the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works? I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.