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Reading-Halls Station Bridge


Credit Jtl: West Elevation Of Bridge

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #137399



The Reading-Halls Bridge is almost certainly the oldest all-metal truss bridge in active service in the United States, a lone survivor from the first series of all-metal trusses of any kind designed and constructed in the United States. This Howe pony through-truss bridge followed shortly after the construction in 1845 of the very first all-metal truss bridge, the West Manayunk Bridge, also designed by Osborne and built by the Reading Railroad.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Wrought and cast iron pony truss bridge over the former Philadelphia & Reading Railroad on a private driveway
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
In use for private road/drive
Built ca. 1846 on the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad; later relocated here to carry vehicular traffic
- Richard B. Osborne (Engineer)
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Howe pony truss
Span length: 59.1 ft.
Total length: 59.1 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 17, 1980
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.23581, -76.83247   (decimal degrees)
41°14'09" N, 76°49'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/346433/4566553 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80003571 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42366 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 12, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 9, 2012: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added Modern Photo
  • April 19, 2009: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER PA-55 - Reading-Halls Station Bridge, U.S. Route 220, spanning railroad near Halls Station, Muncy vicinity, Lycoming County, PA
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Wikipedia
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • HAER PA-55 - Reading-Halls Station Bridge, U.S. Route 220, spanning railroad near Halls Station, Muncy, Lycoming County, PA
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Reading-Halls Station Bridge
Posted January 12, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Respectfully verified from roadway. This is private and since I did not have permission to access of course we didn't. From public roadway and with my dim eyesight this appears to be an absolute pontist treasure!