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US 206 Bridge (Old)

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US 206 Bridge (Old)

looking north c1910

Photo from old postcard

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BH Photo #512083

Description 

Most local histories don't mention this span's existence; Listing the recently replaced 1918 span as the first. However, the photo proves its existence. Given this bridge's existence, there is a possibility that a similar bridge existed at the crossing at Hopewell Borough as well.

This is almost certainly a bridge that is similar to: https://bridgehunter.com/pa/lehigh/tank-farm-road/

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony truss bridge over Reading RR on US 206
Location
Belle Mead, Somerset County, New Jersey
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Likely built when the line was built in 1875-1876. Likely replaced when the next span was built in 1918 (the station in the photo was replaced in 1919)
Builders
- John L. Foreman of Pottstown, Pennsylvania (probable builder)
- Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Pottstown Shops (probable builder)
Railroad
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
Three truss line (?), cast and wrought iron bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46756, -74.66177   (decimal degrees)
40°28'03" N, 74°39'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/528673/4479708 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95101 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 16, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • November 16, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com