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PRR - Grays Ferry Branch Swing Bridge

Photos 

PRR Grays Ferry Branch Drawbridge

Pennsylvania/Penn Central RR track diagram

View this photo at broadway.pennsyrr.com

BH Photo #344120

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over Schuylkill River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
Location
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
At risk for demolition and replacement for pedestrian use. Section 106 Review in progress.
History
Built 1901 by American Bridge Co. for Pennsylvania RR, opened 1902; abandoned 1976
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 223.0 ft.
Total length: 418.5 ft.
Also called
PRR South Philadelphia Branch Bridge
Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Bridge No. 1
Grays Ferry Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.94062, -75.20507   (decimal degrees)
39°56'26" N, 75°12'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/482479/4421186 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 70269 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Refined future plans for bridge.
  • April 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 26, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added more details and Wikipedia entry, but bridge is doomed.
  • December 17, 2015: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Wikipedia
  • Douglas Butler
  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER PA-547 - Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, Bridge No. 1, Spanning Schuylkill River, south of Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA