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NS - Rockville Bridge

Photos 

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

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BH Photo #169285

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Masonry stone arch viaduct over Susquehanna River on Norfolk Southern Railway
Location
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Perry County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
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
Builders
- Drake & Stratton Co. of New York City, New York & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Contractors)
- George Nauman, (Assistant Engineer)
- H.S. Kerbaugh (Contractors)
- William H. Brown (Chief Engineer)
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 3,820.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 52.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 15, 1975
Also called
Conrail - Rockville Bridge
PC - Rockville Bridge
PRR - 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 

  • 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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Comments 

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?