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West Penn Railroad Bridge

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Entrance ramp to the bridge

Photo taken by Jason Smith in August 2010

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BH Photo #183859

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Description 

Built to provide railroad access to Washington's Landing, the bridge has become a signature bridge in Pittsburgh. The elegant double intersection Pratt truss frames a dramatic view of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny River.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over the Allegheny River Back Channel on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Location
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Status
Converted to pedestrian use in 1999
History
Built 1903; converted for pedestrian use in 1999
Railroads
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Skewed Pratt through truss with vertical endposts
Skew angle
20 degrees
Also called
Three Rivers Heritage Trail - Allegheny River Back Channel Bridge
PRR - Allegheny River Back Channel Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46028, -79.98174   (decimal degrees)
40°27'37" N, 79°58'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/586332/4479343 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsburgh East
Inventory number
BH 42949 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 24, 2012: HAER photos posted by Jason Smith
  • October 29, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed the status of the bridge
  • July 1, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Bridgemapper.com
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER PA-443 - West Penn Bridge, Pennsylvania Railroad, spanning Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
  • Todd Wilson