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PRR - Shenango River Bridge


PRR Shenango River Bridge

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The Wheatland Bridge formerly carried the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) over the Shenango River near Wheatland, Pennsylvania. The Pratt through truss bridge was located on the PRR's Erie & Pittsburgh Division mainline.

The original bridge over the Shenango River near Wheatland was a circa 1864 wooden crossing that was replaced by a new steel bridge in November 1899.

The bridge was placed out of service in 1982.


Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Future prospects
Potential to be used in a rail-to-trail (see source).
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.18949, -80.48176   (decimal degrees)
41°11'22" N, 80°28'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/543460/4559921 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sharon East
Inventory number
BH 72504 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,742)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania (71)
Owned by railroad (12,651)
Pennsylvania (5,370)
Pennsylvania Railroad (916)
Pratt through truss (5,483)
Pratt truss (9,436)
Railroad (15,767)
Skewed (4,932)
Through truss (15,338)
Truss (33,229)

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added categories "Railroad", "Pennsylvania Railroad", "Skewed"
  • February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: rem. 1903
  • June 14, 2016: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV


PRR - Shenango River Bridge
Posted February 15, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley492 [at] ahoo [dot] com)

I agree this bridge should be part of a rail-trail.Beautiful location.

PRR Shenango River Bridge
Posted February 13, 2017, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

The pier(s) for the c. 1864 wooden railroad bridge can be seen from the bank. The replacement crossing was built in 1899 but I am unsure on when it was replaced with the twin-track bridge.