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NS - Harrisburg Susquehanna River Bridge


Facing south, east side

I-83 is in background

Photo taken by Jodi Christman 10/08/10


BH Photo #181647

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The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Bridge carries Norfolk Southern rail lines across the Susquehanna River between Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was originally built by the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad to connect its Harrisburg and Lurgan lines. The bridge has fifty-one concrete arches, three more than the nearby Rockville Bridge. 45,500 cubic yards of concrete and 1,300,000 pounds of reinforced steel were used in its construction. CREDIT: wikipedia.org and Reading Railroad Magazine


Bridge over Susquehanna River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1924, later lengthened with additional spans
- James McGraw Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Conrail (CR)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Philadelphia & Reading Railway (1896-1923) (P&R)
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Concrete Deck Arch; The total length of this bridge is unknown, HAER and Reading RR company publicity gave a 3507 foot length for the bridge when completed, but noted that "several" arch spans had been added at the east end of the bridge, so the bridge today is a little longer.
Length of largest span: 66.0 ft.
Also called
Reading - Susquehanna River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.25135, -76.88132   (decimal degrees)
40°15'05" N, 76°52'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/339996/4457352 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisburg West
Inventory number
BH 46448 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 22, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 19, 2020: New photos from Andrew Aliferis
  • December 24, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 10, 2017: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • August 23, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Details added
  • June 7, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • January 4, 2012: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • October 15, 2010: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • October 8, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman

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NS - Harrisburg Susquehanna River Bridge
Posted December 31, 2017, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

The stone piers next to this bridge were from an uncompleted bridge which was to have been a part of the South Pennsylvania Railroad and were built in 1883 - 1885.