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C&BL -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck truss bridge over Conemaugh River on Conemaugh & Black Lick RR
Location
Parkhill, Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Railroad
- Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad (C&BL)
Design
Warren deck truss with all verticals
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.36059, -78.86018   (decimal degrees)
40°21'38" N, 78°51'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/681696/4469977 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
1400 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 83903 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2018: Updated by Clark Vance: Added categories "Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad"
  • December 30, 2018: Per George Oakley

Comments 

_ _ RR -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend
Posted December 30, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

Thanks,Clark.Always good to know where information might be.

C&BL -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend
Posted December 30, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The Bethlehem Steel archives are in Delaware at the Hagley. There may be information there about the C&BL including contract info on the bridges. It's possible there is a plate to be viewed but if it's easy to get to it may have been "collected".

C&BL -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend
Posted December 30, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

I guess the only way to find out who built the bridges is to look for any manufacturers stamps in the metal or a plaque,Clark.Wouldn't that be the right thing to do if you're not tresspassing?

C&BL -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend
Posted December 30, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1904 and 1907 Johnstown 15' shows no RR and notes the Old Portage Tunnel with an abandoned grade. In 1964 the railroad is the C&BL crossing the river to a series of loops and spurs and a "Slag Dump".

These bridges were probably built for Bethlehem Steel ca. 1924.

C&BL -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend
Posted December 30, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Welcome George, Kudos to Josh for field visit and Clark for RR!

_ _ RR -Conemaugh River At Staple Bend
Posted December 30, 2018, by George Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

Dana and Kay,thanks for posting this bridge on Bridgehunters.From what it looks like,this bridge along with the truss bridge were part of a quarry of some sort that looks abandoned.Shouldn't be hard finding information on which railroad abandoned this bridge or if they're privately owned.