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LV - Lehigh River Bridge

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Abandoned CNJ Lehigh River Bridge

Andrew Blaszczyk, January, 2007

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BH Photo #204485

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Description 

This structures is significant for its highly complex geometry, with skew trusses carrying trucks on a reverse curve. It possesses a remarkable degree of integrity for a 19th century steel truss bridge on a freight railroad.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pratt deck truss bridge over Lehigh Rive on Lehigh Valley Railway
Location
Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Could be used for local rail-trail
History
Built 1896-9
Builders
- F.E. Schall (LV Bridge Engineer)
- Terry & Tench Construction Co. of New York City, New York
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ)
- Easton & Northern Railroad (E&N)
- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
Pratt deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68335, -75.21692   (decimal degrees)
40°41'00" N, 75°13'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/481669/4503629 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Easton
Inventory number
BH 49139 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2015: Updated by Luke: Corrected info
  • January 24, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited entry: Bridge is actually part of the River bridge, not just an overpass
  • September 27, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited bridge as this is just an overpass on the approach
  • September 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Central Railroad of New Jersey"
  • July 19, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Switched a couple letters in Bridge
  • July 19, 2011: Added by Daniel Hopkins

Sources 

  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • HAER PA-540 - Easton & Northern Railroad, Lehigh River Bridge, Spanning Lehigh River, Easton, Northampton County, PA

Comments 

LV - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 11, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If I am not mistaken the locomotive is a reading and northern locomotive.

LV - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 11, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,like I said,even though I am from Quakertown I am familiar with the area.I don't remember if I've been near or by this bridge.I might have and not realized it.As for the peevy road bridge I will try to get in the area when I can.

LV - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

George,

I think this is the bridge where Lehigh and Lafayette Universitie's crews used to row. I think I've been on the bridge many years ago.

By the way, as you grew up in Quackertown, if you ever get back there, could you shoot some pictures of the Peevy Road Bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/montgomery/467046040002310/

Regards,

Art S.

LV - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2015, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Being from the area and also growing up in quakertown i noticed differences in the pictures.In a couple of the pictures i noticed a truss bridge.This bridge is hooked up to the lehigh river bridge.I didn't know if anyone noticed that.Just thought i would mention that.

CNJ - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whoops, wrong link

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/pa/pa3700/pa3750/d...

Easton sure has a number of historic structures though!

CNJ - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2015, by John Marvig

http://cdn.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/pa/pa3700/pa3752/data...

I believe this is the structure? Gives a number of dates and builders.

CNJ - Lehigh River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a pin connected railroad truss bridge. Pin connected railroad truss bridges were not built in 1930. So what's the story?

CNJ Lehigh River Bridge
Posted February 11, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this abandoned r.r. bridge?please let me know.thanks.