PRR - Shenango River Bridge
Shenango River Bridge - February 2017
Crossing the Shenango River Bridge.
Written by Sherman Cahal
The Shenango River Bridge formerly carried the Pennsylvania Railroad over the Shenango River in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The Pratt through truss bridge connected its Erie & Pittsburgh Division mainline at West Washington Street and its Oil City Division near Furnace Street, cutting through the Republic Iron & Steel Company and American Steel & Wire Company factories.
The Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad (E&P), begun in 1860, was completed between Erie and New Castle on June 15, 1864. The E&P was leased to the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in April 1870, becoming the PRR Erie & Pittsburgh Branch.
An 1899 Sanborn Insurance Company map indicates a 260-foot frame bridge over the Shenango River. No date of construction or abandonment can be found, although significant portions of the E&P was placed out-of-service after Conrail was formed in 1976.
- Through truss bridge over Shenago River on Pennsylvania Railroad
- New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
- - Erie & Pittsburgh Railroad (EP)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pratt through truss
Total length: 250.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.99598, -80.35214 (decimal degrees)
40°59'46" N, 80°21'08" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/554489/4538512 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- New Castle South
- Inventory numer
- BH 61097 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Added cat
- February 12, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Updated length per 1888 Sanborn
- May 29, 2014: Added by Luke Harden