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NS - Fort Wayne Bridge

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Ft Wayne RR Bridge Pittsb jeh

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Overview
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Allegheny River on Norfolk Southern Railroad
Location
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1901-1904; replaced earlier 1868 lattice truss bridge; raised 1918; lower deck tracks removed c1950s
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway (PFtWC)
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 319.0 ft.
Total length: 985.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 13, 1979
Also called
PRR - Fort Wayne Bridge
Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge.
Bridge No. 1
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44817, -79.99619   (decimal degrees)
40°26'53" N, 79°59'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/585122/4477985 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsburgh East
Inventory number
BH 50079 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 18, 2017: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper
  • December 20, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 12, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 23, 2015: Photos imported by Dave King
  • November 7, 2011: Added by Frank Hicks

Sources 

  • Frank Hicks
  • Pghbridges.com - PghBridges.com article on Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge
  • Wikipedia - Article on Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge
  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Brandon Cooper

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NS - Fort Wayne Bridge
Posted March 19, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

I got a DVD of railroad action in Pittsburgh in the days prior to the combined NS/CSX takeover of Conrail and this bridge was featured early on in the DVD.

Interesting bridge as the rails are recessed into the girder structure. I can't figure out why it was designed that way in the first place, but it makes for an interesting video seeing the trains look like they are sinking.