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PRR - Shaw Run Trestle


Filled in Shaw Trestle Bells Railroad

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania


BH Photo #530558


Trestle was built by Bells Gap Railroad around 1873 Became Pennsylvania & North Western Railroad Company in 1874 Taken over by Pennsylvania Railroad in 1902 Filled in and replaced by Earth Fill


Lost Bridge over Shaw Run
Blair County, Pennsylvania
Filled in
Built in 1873; Filled In Unknown Date
- Bells Gap Railroad
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Wood Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.64927, -78.38268   (decimal degrees)
40°38'57" N, 78°22'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/721295/4503117 (zone/easting/northing)
1296 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 97702 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2022: Updated by Luke: Removed Railroad from builder's section
  • April 27, 2022: New photo from Stewart Edwin Beitler


  • Stewart Edwin Beitler - stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


Shaw Run Trestle
Posted May 6, 2022, by Luke

A couple of the ultra-early railroads had their own bridge shops (B&O and Reading are two known examples.), and the Milwaukee Road liked to do some construction in-house, but for the most part, bridges were/are contracted out to other companies, not done in-house.

PRR - Shaw Run Trestle
Posted May 6, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I think railroads typically had an engineer on their staff back in their early days, along with surveyors and in the case of Union Pacific, a whole construction company.

Shaw Run Trestle
Posted May 6, 2022, by Luke


Railroads don't go in the builder box. There's a category for bridges that were built by railroad forces. Most bridges weren't built by those forces, and several of the bridges you've put the railroad in the builder box for were built by other manufacturers.

I can't tell you who built this one/Bored the other tunnel, but I can tell you that the Pittsburgh Railways trestles were built by others.