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Mike,thanks for responding.By the way you mentioned parking behind the Martins grocery store which i see is in Connellsville.Looks like a nice hike and also while there can also check out the N&W-Black Bridge.Kill 2 birds with 1 stone and also enjoy the scenery.
It's a really nice walk down the old P&LE to the bridge. You can park at the GAP parking/camping facility behind the Martins grocery store. They are both occupying land that was the previous site of the P&LE rail yard. Roughly a 3-4 mile round trip. That way, you won't have to trespass on CSX.
By the way Barry i'm familiar with the pronunciation of the bridge.I have heard yock before.Thanks for clearing that up Barry.
Mike,thanks for responding.I see the problem with the CXS rails on the one side and also possibly the issue of trespassing.However,i'm pretty sure people do cross the rails to get to the bridge from Miner Dr.Of course on the other side you can park at the end of Means rd. which looks to be a further walk.Looks like this bridge can't be used for a part of any trail being the CXS rails on the Miner Dr. side.
BTW: Yough is pronounced Yock, rhymes with jock.
The bridge appears structurally sound. However, I'm not an engineer, so my opinion is just that. However, aside from vandalism and rot to the cross ties, the bridge is easy to cross. The only issue is that the approaching grade on the east bank ends on CSX Property. Thus, once off the bridge, you're basically trespassing.
Some additional information:
From the "Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission"
"Baltimore and Ohio Railroad: Pittsburgh Division (Draft)."
Page 16 of 17
Paragraph Heading: "Western Subdivision"
The Bridge was known as the "West Yough Transfer".
Thanks Mike.Great photos.By looking at the pictures is it possible this bridge can be repurposed?
I took these photo's in Sept. 2016.
does anyone know the current status of this abandoned r.r. bridge?please let me know.thanks.