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EBT - Runk Road Overpass


Photo taken by Jodi Christman on 4/30/11


BH Photo #198597


Street View 


Info from: http://www.spikesys.com/EBT/Tour/rrbrdge.html This is the site of the original 1873 bridge #4. The bridge was undamaged by the flood of 1889. The bridge was renumbered to #3 by 1917.

The current deck steel plate girder bridge was built about 1900. It rests on two stone abutments, which likely predate the current bridge. The south one is covered by a layer of concrete and both have a concrete cap supporting the bridge. The north one sports a built-in culvert for the road ditch. Its single 18' span crosses Runk Road (Street Atlas USA improperly calls it Ronk Road). It is the shortest common carrier era bridge on the line.


Bridge over Runk Road on East Broad Top Railroad
Shirleysburg, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Railroad line currently inactive to both freight and passenger excursions as of Sept. 2014, but not formally/legally "abandoned"
East Broad Top Railroad
- East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co. (EBT)
Steel stringer
Total length: 18.0 ft.
Also called
No. 3 RR Bridge
Runk Road Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.27850, -77.88513   (decimal degrees)
40°16'43" N, 77°53'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/254712/4462662 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Butler Knob
585 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 46335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co."
  • November 16, 2013: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added bridge name
  • May 2, 2011: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • September 26, 2010: Added by Jodi Christman



EBT - Runk Road Overpass
Posted September 21, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Bridge has not been in service since RR stopped excursion service in 2012. Line legally considered inactive but not abandoned.

Runk Road RR Bridge
Posted June 13, 2011, by Reggie Arford (rarford [at] nb [dot] net)

This bridge is currently in service. This portion of the East Broad Top RR (ebtrr com) is open as a tourist railroad.