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Reading - Sunbury Bridge

Photo 

Reading Bridge Sunbury

View ca. 1974 from east (Sunbury) end looking west

Photo from eBay seller pl8dog

BH Photo #353561

Map 

Description 

Bridge curved to north on west side of river. Carried main line of Reading Railroad (previously Philadelphia & Reading) between Shamokin/Sunbury & West Milton/Williamsport. Abandoned 1976 shortly after merger of Reading RR into Conrail. Bridge remained standing until demolished 1988-1992 to clear river's recreational-lake reservoir. Was proposed for emergency-vehicle bypass bridge in 1970s and 1980s as traffic jams increased on nearby Bainbridge Street Bridge and White Bridge upstream was replaced in 1976-78. Highway dip under bridge was flood-prone and the location of the western abutment (railroad name Clement Station) was removed for highway fill for nearby highway projects, so no trace of western end remains.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Susquehanna River on Reading Railroad
Location
Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built 1917, removed 1988-1992
Railroad
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 2,625.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.86129, -76.80252   (decimal degrees)
40°51'41" N, 76°48'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/348084/4524922 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sunbury
Inventory number
BH 58972 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2016: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • December 13, 2013: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV