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CSX - Schuylkill River Viaduct

Photos 

Overview From West Bank Of Schuylkill River, Looking East

Photo taken by Joseph Eliott for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #324181

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Falls Bridge is an early and ambitious implementation of the "false skew" method of stone arch construction, first used on an American railroad by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad in 1848. The "false" skew is created by offsetting parallel arch ribs, avoiding the formidable geometry of a truly skewed arch barrel. Unable to find a willing contractor, the railroad's own workers executed the complex construction sequence, using a previous wooden bridge as falsework and maintaining traffic throughout.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Schuylkill River on CSX Railroad
Location
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
History
Built 1853-56; Altered 1935
Builder
- Gustavus A. Nicolls of Baile Mhic Andáin, Contae Chill Chainnigh, Éire (Design)
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
Stone arch
Also called
Conrail - Schuylkill River Viaduct
Reading - Schuylkill River Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.00646, -75.19260   (decimal degrees)
40°00'23" N, 75°11'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/483561/4428492 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Germantown
Inventory number
BH 67463 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2015: New Street View added by Luke

Sources 

  • Luke
  • HAER PA-39 - Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, Schuylkill River Viaduct, Spanning Schuylkill River, southeast of Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA