Photo taken by Sean McDonnell
A 1,560 foot raised trestle and Pratt truss bridge made of strong timber and concrete, featuring a steel deck truss center span, all the railroad tracks have since been removed, but a level of wood and dirt remain as a testimonial of the history of the railroad.
This was once a part of the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch, a Pennsylvania RR low-grade freight bypass of Lancaster between Columbia and Atglen, and used to carry several freight trains a day between the Harrisburg area and points east; Conrail acquired PRR successor Penn Central in 1976 and later shifted through freight trains off the ex-PRR Harrisburg-Philadelphia-Trenton routes in favor of former Reading RR routes. Conrail abandoned this bridge, and the entire Atglen & Susquehanna, around 1988. Currently it is a part of the planned Enola Low Grade Trail which extends from just outside Harrisburg to Paradise, Pa.
- Abandoned bridge on former PRR low-grade freight line, it crosses over the Congestoga Creek and passes by the Safe Harbor Powerplant
- Safe Harbor, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- Abandoned to rail service 1988 but used by pedestrans, cyclists, and 4-wheel drive vehicles
- Built 1904-06, this bridge was a part of the the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch on the PRR
- - H.S. Kerbaugh Inc. (Erectors)
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- William H. Brown (Chief Engineer)
- 300-foot pin-connected Pratt deck truss main span; supplemented by plate girder viaducts on steel bents – nine spans measuring 480 feet to the north and seventeen spans to south measuring 780 feet.
Length of largest span: 300.0 ft.
Total length: 1,560.0 ft.
- Also called
- Safe Harbor Crossing
Port Deposit Trestle
Enola Low Grade Safe-harbor Crossing
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.92532, -76.38432 (decimal degrees)
39°55'31" N, 76°23'04" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/381704/4420386 (zone/easting/northing)
- USGS topographic map
- Safe Harbor
- Inventory number
- BH 47614 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 21, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Fixed builders.
- February 21, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added builder info, link to sources, corrected data
- July 15, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Enola Low Grade info
- July 8, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated informaiton about the Enola Low Grade Trail
- July 7, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
- June 11, 2011: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Description and overview corrected and expanded, creek name corrected
- May 27, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated creek name
- May 26, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: updated history
- January 11, 2011: Added by Daniel Hopkins
OH WOW! I love that pic!! I was going to figure a way to get to the bridge soon so I could get some good pictures of it but wow!
Photo from 2005
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