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LV - Delaware River Bridge


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BH Photo #240303


This structure occupies the piers of the first railroad bridge to cross the Delaware River at Easton. It is also notable for its fish-belly deck trusses, an unusual variant of the Pratt design.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Abandoned pratt deck truss bridge over Delaware River on Railroad
Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, New Jersey
Built 1901
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Edgemoore Plant)
- Central Iron & Steel of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Fabricator)
- Lukens Iron & Steel of Coatesville, Pennsylvania (Fabricator)
- Pencoyd Iron Works of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania (Fabricator) [also known as A & P Roberts Co.]
- Slatington Rolling Mill Co. of Slatington, Pennsylvania (Fabricator)
- Conrail (CR)
- Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV)
Pratt deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68778, -75.20248   (decimal degrees)
40°41'16" N, 75°12'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/482890/4504118 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 53675 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 29, 2021: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added category "Curved"
  • December 28, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • May 2, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 30, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 8, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 6, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added info from the HAER
  • August 2, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 27, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Related Bridges 


  • Luke
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  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


LV - Delaware River Bridge
Posted October 29, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

I've read it was 1988 or 1989 when Conrail abandoned the ex-LVRR bridge in favor of the parallel ex-CNJ bridge which was in better condition. Track swings were made at either end of the bridge to connect the Lehigh Line to the CNJ bridge.

LV - Delaware River Bridge
Posted October 28, 2019, by Ryan Blanche (rybird95 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I heard this bridge (and line) has been abandoned since 1976. Is that true?

LV - Delaware River Bridge
Posted October 9, 2019, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

BH Photo #240304 is of the parallel former CNJ RR bridge still in use by Norfolk Southern

LV Delaware 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.