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.
Sherman: Most certainly you are correct, an 1860s metal railroad bridge would have cast iron details and other unique features that would immediately place it in that period. Further, we do know that this style of bridge (despite it being somewhat late for pin connections) was being built around the turn of the century. This Michigan example was dated 1898. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=tr...
I was leaning on that. The other issue I have with this bridge is that the E&P rebuilt many of their bridges at the turn of the century, like at Wheatland (which itself was rebuilt for two tracks).
The original bridge at Wheatland was wood. I am assuming that this one isn't original to the 1860's but early 1900's.
The bridge is likely the design of the railroad not a builder. The distinctive portal bracing can be found on a number of Pennsylvania Railroad lines, including the Grand Rapids and Indiana line.
Sherman,i would love to see this bridge used for a rail-trail but i think it would have to be moved due to where it's located.I don't know who the designer or manufacturer is offhand.By the way,there is an abandoned r.r. bridge over Neshannock creek.Did you know about that one and is that one on Bridgehunter?
Not sure. It connects to a very active concrete casting factory, so it would need to be relocated to another location. I'd love to see this fitted on a rail-trail!
Could this be a Penn Bridge Company or Morse Bridge Company design?
Sherman,what i meant to ask is anything going to be done with this bridge?From what i see on the satellite imagery it doesn't look like too much can be done besides maybe removal for a trail somewhere.The only other alternative is scrapping the bridge which alot of people on this site would like to see avoided if at all possible and i also agree.Hopefully both spans can be saved instead of ending up on the scrap pile.
Very much abandoned. It's a former PRR, connecting their Erie & Pittsburg Division at West Washington Street to their Oil City Division near Furnace Street. It cut through two steel plants.
does anybody know the current status if this abandoned r.r. bridge?