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Schuylkill River Trail - Douglasville Arch Bridge

Photos 

Douglasville PRR Bridge -- August 24, 2008

River bed side view looking North towards Reading, PA

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #156237

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete arch bridge over Schuylkill River on Former PRR Schuylkill Div now a Trail
Location
Douglasville, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1884 as a Pratt Truss. Replaced by concrete Arches in 1912
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Concrete arch
Also called
PRR - Douglasville Arch Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.25629, -75.73239   (decimal degrees)
40°15'23" N, 75°43'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/437717/4456460 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boyertown
Inventory number
BH 44247 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 16, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • December 10, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates
  • July 25, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Added Schuylkill River category.
  • February 25, 2010: Added by Raymond Klein

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • D. Thomsen - dcthomsen [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Frank Hicks
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

Schuylkill River Trail - Douglasville Arch Bridge
Posted May 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks pat for responding to my messages about what i read in the article and the picture in the Reading Eagle of this bridge.It's a shame what gets collected around bridges on rivers but it looks a lot better when the bridge areas are clean and free of debris.Rising water levels will pick up a lot of the trash and wood along the rivers route.I guess it's up to people to work together and see what can be done not to prevent this from happening because you and i both know it will never stop but to keep it in check.Funny i looked at the pictures but never picked up on this until the article and picture in the Reading Eagle.

Schuylkill River Trail - Douglasville Arch Bridge
Posted October 4, 2014, by Thomas H. (Trhols514 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This bridge is on the Thun (pronounced "tune") Trail, which is the Reading-to-Montgomery County Line portion of the Schuylkill River Trail. Some of the pictures show clearly that the surface is a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly light cinder, which is what it is on most of the trail. You may have also noticed debris piled up along the bridge piers, but every now and then volunteers will clean it up. The only downside is if you want to take side shots of the bridge, getting there from the trail is difficult.