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PLE - West Yough Transfer Bridge

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Photo provided by Jay Miller

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BH Photo #269063

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned warren through truss with sub-panels bridge over Youghiogheny River on Abandoned Railroad (P&LE)
Location
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Status
Abandoned
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- Chessie System
- Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (PLE)
- Western Maryland Railway (WM)
Design
Warren through truss with sub-panels
Also called
PLE - Youghiogheny River Bridge
PLE - West Yough Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.03462, -79.59821   (decimal degrees)
40°02'05" N, 79°35'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/619597/4432540 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Connellsville
Inventory number
BH 58214 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2016: Updated by Luke: Changed name to common name provided by Mike Piontka
  • October 2, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added photos from Mike Piontka
  • October 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Curved"
  • October 23, 2013: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 29, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

PLE - West Yough Transfer Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

PLE - West Yough Transfer Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

Hi George,

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.

PLE - West Yough Transfer Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

By the way Barry i'm familiar with the pronunciation of the bridge.I have heard yock before.Thanks for clearing that up Barry.

PLE - West Yough Transfer Bridge
Posted October 11, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

PLE - West Yough Transfer Bridge
Posted October 9, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

BTW: Yough is pronounced Yock, rhymes with jock.

Abandoned PLE - Youghiogheny River Bridge
Posted October 8, 2016, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

Hello George

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".

Abandoned PLE - Youghiogheny River Bridge
Posted October 8, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Mike.Great photos.By looking at the pictures is it possible this bridge can be repurposed?

Abandoned PLE - Youghiogheny River Bridge
Posted October 2, 2016, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

I took these photo's in Sept. 2016.

Abandoned PLE - Youghiogheny River Bridge
Posted October 2, 2016, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

I took these photo's in Sept. 2016.

Abandoned P&LE Youghiogheny River Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this abandoned r.r. bridge?please let me know.thanks.