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Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)

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Barrel shot looking east (I think)

Photo uploaded by Art S

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BH Photo #349782

Map 

Description 

One hell of a bridge!

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Reading Railroad
Location
Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Status
Superstructure replaced
History
Built ca. 1885; Replaced by plate girder bridge ca. 1917.
Builders
- Clarke, Reeves & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
4 Vertical endpost Whipple through trusses (3 skewed 1 straight) and 10 inclined endpost whipple through trusses. All with Phoenix columns
Also called
Reading - Susquehanna River Bridge (Sunbury, Old)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.86212, -76.80190   (decimal degrees)
40°51'44" N, 76°48'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/348138/4525013 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 71280 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2016: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • March 25, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 24, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected entry spelling and added Snyder County
  • March 21, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • March 10, 2016: Updated by Luke: Refined one of the builders
  • March 10, 2016: Added by ArtS

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Comments 

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted May 17, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for posting that Sandy! Now we have the missing piece.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted April 4, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That Moonlight shot (#5) is killer!

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 25, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

You are correct Luke. The background bridge is the old Bainbridge Street Bridge. This picture is taken from the Sunbury side of the river long before the flood walls were put in around 1948. I lived in this general area in the 1950's and 1960's. I remember and have driven around the entire territory many times.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 25, 2016, by Luke
Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 25, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony and J.P.,

I'm happy to stay in modern times and focus on understanding what was and saving what we still have. I have a strong suspicion that the romantic view of the past and the reality of the past are very different.

By the way, what bridge is seen through the trusses of the moonlight shot?

Regards,

Art S.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 23, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I saw the difference being that the Prr-Columbia-Wrightsville bridge is a whipple truss.They do look familiar.That's what threw me.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 22, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That moment when you wish you could go back in time.....

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 22, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,i got that backwards.It's actually Prr-Columbia-Wrightsville.My mistake.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 22, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Art,i almost got this bridge confused with the PRR-Wrightsville-Columbia bridge.I went back to where we put messages on the forum page and found it.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 21, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

You are correct Art, these photos are looking east. The Pennsylvania Canal was on the west bank of the west branch of the Susquehanna River. About a mile or so north of this shot the canal boats crossed the West Branch on a big slackwater with the towpath suspended on a covered bridge. The covered bridge was later replaced by a concrete bridge called the "White Bridge." I can remember driving under the successor bridge for the Reading many times before it was removed.

Reading - Sunbury Bridge (Old)
Posted March 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Makes me wanna travel back in time!

Reading - Sunbury Railroad Bridge (Old)
Posted March 10, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

:^)

It's amazing what used to be out there!

Reading - Susquehanna River Bridge (Sunbury) OLD
Posted March 10, 2016, by Luke

One hell of a find, Art!