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NS - Rockville Bridge


East side of bridge photographed facing south

I believe those are piers from the 2nd bridge (the one you see today is the 3rd) an iron truss type carrying two tracks, completed 1877.

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in July 2010


BH Photo #169285

Street Views 


The bridge was completed by two sets of contractors--Drake & Stratton on the east end and H.S. Kerbaugh on the west end--even though only Drake & Stratton are listed on the plaque.

Amtrak also uses this bridge to cross the Susquehanna.


Masonry stone arch viaduct over Susquehanna River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Rockville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Perry County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Longest stone masonry arch railroad viaduct in the world, this is the third bridge to be built at this location completed on March 30, 1902
- Drake & Stratton Co. of New York City, New York & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Contractors)
- George Nauman (Assistant Engineer)
- H.S. Kerbaugh, Inc. (Contractors)
- William H. Brown (Chief Engineer)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 3,820.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 52.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 15, 1975
Also called
PC - Rockville Bridge
PRR - Rockville Bridge
Conrail - Rockville Bridge
NS - Rockville Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33340, -76.91030   (decimal degrees)
40°20'00" N, 76°54'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/337728/4466513 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harrisburg West
Inventory numbers
NRHP 75001640 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 43906 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 22, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added city
  • March 22, 2022: New photo from David Shedlock
  • December 31, 2018: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • January 2, 2018: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • December 28, 2016: New photo from Mike Piontka
  • December 25, 2016: New photo from Mike Piontka
  • November 25, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 27, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • June 9, 2015: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • April 5, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 21, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 3, 2014: Photos imported by Dave King
  • November 30, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • January 7, 2012: New Street View added by Jodi Christman
  • December 31, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added builder and description
  • September 19, 2010: New photo from Jodi Christman
  • July 25, 2010: Updated by D. Thomsen: Added Susquehanna River category
  • July 7, 2010: New photos from Jodi Christman

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Rockville Bridge
Posted May 3, 2015, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Interesting that if this bridge had been only a few years newer it would never have been built in stone. Does this not also qualify as a closed spandral arch?