PRR - Ronks Haupt Bridge
The bridge was designed by Pennsylvania Railroad assistant engineer Herman Haupt in 1851, built of cast and wrought iron in Altoona, and probably installed on the Philadelphia and Columbia branch sometime in the 1850s, where it carried trains over a creek or similar obstacle.
It was removed from the Main line some time after the Civil War when the engines became too large and heavy for its 60 ton weight limit. It was installed sometime in the 1870's or 80's as a vehicular bridge connecting two halves of a farmer's field just west of Ronks, PA, where it remained in service until May 2002.
Amtrak removed the bridge and installed a new one May 5-7, 2002 and set the two main trusses in an adjacent farmer's field for donation to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in nearby Strasburg. Each truss weighed in at just over 13 tons.
The bridge structure is one of the oldest surviving iron railroad bridges in the United States, and the only complete example of its design with the shoes, Pratt trusses and cast iron arch intact. There is reportedly only one other bridge surviving of this type, a 90 foot incomplete example in the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona, Pa. A similar bridge, the Church Street Bridge in Ardmore, Pa. that was missing its arch was removed in 2007.
The bridge’s superstructure was damaged in 2018 for unknown reasons. The remaining structure is definitely derelict.
- Haupt through truss bridge over Amtrak (former PRR) on Private farm road
- Ronks, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- Superstructure damaged in 2018 for unknown reasons
- Future prospects
- Superstructure severely damaged in 2018 for unknown reasons. Remaining bridge doomed.
- Built 1851; damaged 2018
- - Herman Haupt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Designer)
- Haupt through truss with arch
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Ronks Overpass
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.02834, -76.17330 (decimal degrees)
40°01'42" N, 76°10'24" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/399887/4431562 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 73100 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- April 12, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Fix, not destroyed by fire but damaged
- August 9, 2016: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
- August 7, 2016: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV