Rating:
2 votes

EBT - Augwick Creek Arch Bridge

Photos 

View from north to south atop bridge - Augwick Creek Bridge, Aughwick, Huntingdon County, PA

HAER PA,31-AUGH,1--5

HAER

View this photo at lcweb2.loc.gov

BH Photo #233151

Map 

Description 

FROM http://www.spikesys.com/EBT/Tour/augbrdge.html "This is the location of the original 1873 Bridge #1, referred to as Lower Aughwick (in difference to Pogue or Upper Aughwick.) The bridge was 'wrecked' by a broken axle derailment January 8, 1883 and was later replaced. In 1886 a heavy rain washed away the approach trestle. It seems to have been a two 100' span structure, most likely wood. Both spans and the approach trestle were again carried away by the rains of the 1889 flood. They seem to have been replaced by a temporary structure. In late 1889 an iron structure replaced the temporary bridge.

The current 203' four arch poured concrete bridge was built in either 1914 or 1917 depending on the account. It is the first of two crossings of Aughwick Creek and is the second longest bridge on the line. It is said that this was the first prestressed (steel reinforced) railroad bridge in America, but the validity of this claim is frequently challenged. The bridge was reinforced with 40# railroad rail, which is visible at the base of one footing. The bridge is similar in construction to the Mount Union Culvert and the Shade Gap Culvert. The bridge is benchmarked at 565, the lowest point on the line, and is flanked by Morrisons Summit to the north and Douglas Summit to the south.

The bridge received a battering at the hands of Hurricane Fran in September 1996. Despite the extensive spalling, the bridge is sound overall. It is right beside Aughwick Mills Road at its crossing of Aughwick Creek. The previous truss road bridge was a popular photo spot. It was replaced after the end of EBT operations."

Bridge has not been traversed by trains since 1956, but railroad is legally considered inactive but not formally abandoned.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Aughwick Creek on Former EBT
Location
Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
Railroad, including this bridge, is in process of being acquired in sections by East Broad Top Preservation Association (a private individual) for preservation and possible reopening.
History
Built 1914
Railroad
- East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co. (EBT)
Design
Closed-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Total length: 203.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.33465, -77.86021   (decimal degrees)
40°20'05" N, 77°51'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/257032/4468828 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Aughwick
Inventory number
BH 52647 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected typos, updated status
  • November 13, 2013: Updated by Jodi Christman: Corrected build date
  • March 28, 2013: New Street View added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • June 10, 2012: Added by Jodi Christman

Sources