Linfield Road Bridge -- March 20, 2010
Side overview looking towards Pottstown, PA
Photo taken by Raymond Klein
BH Photo #177973
Mark,thanks for the directions.I look forward to exploring around all of the bridges we were talking about.
George, From Pottstown take a right at Cutillos (S Sanatoga Road). Continue until you reach Linfield road. Take a right! (Trap Rock Quarry) Park adjacent to the quarry and walk approximately 75 yards along the closed portion of Linfield road. Walk beneath Baby Peacocks Bridge (Sanatoge Creek Bridge) and follow the narrow Linfield Rd to the Bridge piers! (Approximately 50 yards) While viewing Luke's photograph, the Limerick Cooling towers extend skyward behind the two trees in the upper left corner. If you look closely, the concrete abutment Wings of the Sanatoga Creek Bridge are noticeable adjacent to the RDG rails! Bring mud boots!!
Good evening George, The bridge piers are the ruins of a three span through truss road bridge crossing the Schuykill River. This through truss road bridge was constructed in 1905. After crossing the truss bridge the road passes beneath the Sanatoga Creek Bridge (Baby Peacock Bridge)and becomes Linfield Road at Trap Rock Quarry. I attempted to send you a picture of the road bridge crossing the Schuykill River. However, my attempt failed and I subsequently, sent the picture to your email address. The photograph was taken after the RDG expanded to a four track main at this location. If you check below, Luke posted a picture of the through truss bridge positioned on the aforementioned piers!!
Mark,the piers I was talking about are the ones in the Schuylkill River.The pierced spandrels i have seen in pictures of the Peacock Bridge which also crosses the Schuylkill River in Berks County which is used by the RBMN Railroad.
Sorry George..... Pierced Spandrels!!
Thanks,Mark.Great information.When in the area since I live in Reading i'll take a look at the piers and whatever else might be noticeable.
The bridge piers are the ruins of a former through truss road bridge constructed in 1905. After crossing the Schuylkill River the road extended beneath the former Reading Railroad Sanatoga Creek Bridge and becomes Linfield Road adjacent to Trap Rock Quarry. The RDG railroad bridge was originally a two track main line. Subsequently, the railroad expanded the bridge to a four track main. The original bridge was constructed of stone with two arches, (one spanning the road and the other Sanatoga Creek) one full spandrel and two 1/2 spandrels. The spandrels function to lighten the weight on the bridge piers. When the RDG expanded the bridge, formed concrete was poured; hence the two different facades. I have a picture of the former three,truss road bridge, but can't attach the file!
When I was on satellite looking at this bridge I noticed 2 piers in the Schuylkill River by this bridge.Does anybody know anything about these piers?