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AMTK - Coatesville High Bridge


Coatesville High Bridge Viaduct -- July 31, 2010

Upstream side view looking towards Coatesville, PA

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #179743


Street Views 


"the Coatesville High bridge is a stone masonry arch railroad viaduct that crosses the valley of the West Brandy Creek at Coatesville, PA. Built between 1902-1904. ten arches (8 @ 78' & 2 @ 88') 934' w/wing walls 1,287'. Crosses Wilmington & Northern Rr and Pa. Route 82. New trail being built under the bridge. From Wikipedia article: High Bridge Coatesville


Stone arch bridge on Amtrak (former Pennsylvania RR)
Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1902-04
- William H. Brown (Chief Engineer)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 88.0 ft.
Total length: 934.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 1976
Also called
PRR - Coatesville High Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.98411, -75.82708   (decimal degrees)
39°59'03" N, 75°49'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/429383/4426321 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76001623 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 46363 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 5, 2018: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • December 6, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 2, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photos
  • March 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • January 9, 2011: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • September 27, 2010: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Corrected spelling and added GPS cords.
  • September 27, 2010: Added by Raymond Klein

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Coatesville High Bridge Viaduct Coatesville, PA
Posted September 27, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It occurs to me that this must have been very near the end of the era of stone construction and the start of concrete. I can name some structures in Indiana that were built in the 1905 period that were all concrete and the most remarkable part of that was the fact that the railroad they were built for was owned by a man who owned stone quarrys not far away. (Kitton Ditch Bridge)