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Conrail - West Branch Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg)

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Lewisburg PRR Railroad Bridge

Looking northeast from west end

Photo taken by Alexander D. Mitchell IV in December 2010

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BH Photo #199906

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over West Branch Susquehanna River on former West Shore RR, ex-Conrail, exx-PRR
Location
Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, and Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Planned for bike trail, but never adapted. Not actively preserved. Owned by Lewisburg Area Recreational Authority, which acquired it ca. 2009 along with former RR line west to Mifflinburg for rail trail.
History
Built 1912, Abandoned by West Shore RR ca. 1990, Purchased by LARA 2009, Deck caught fire by power line 2012, Planned conversion to rail trail 2014
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- West Shore Railroad (WSH)
Design
Warren through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 153.6 ft.
Total length: 1,289.0 ft.
Also called
PC - West Branch Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg)
PRR - West Branch Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.96794, -76.87897   (decimal degrees)
40°58'05" N, 76°52'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/341895/4536898 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lewisburg
Elevation
460 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48819 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2016: New photo from Paige Miller
  • March 30, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Imported history/details from PRR corporate history
  • April 27, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected name and ownership; bridge and right-of-way were sold by West Shore Railroad in early 1990s prior to establishment of Union County Industrial Railroad; bridge was thus never a part of UCIR
  • June 25, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Abandoned"
  • March 30, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed category "Rail-to-trail" as it is NOT adapted for trail usage.
  • March 30, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • March 30, 2012: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Clarified ownership
  • May 24, 2011: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Paige Miller

Comments 

West Branch Susquehanna River Railroad Bridge (Lewisburg)
Posted April 27, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Fundamental correction: The right-of-way between this bridge and a rail line about 1000 feet to the west was sold to the borough of Lewisburg ca. 1990 so Lewisburg could remove the tracks and install a street. I have been told the bridge was included in that transaction at that time, but that seems to be in dispute. At any rate, the bridge was never owned by either the local multi-county railroad authority or its Union County Industrial Railroad operation, which operates the north-south line through town with which this bridge's rail line intersected to the west. Thus, I have removed "UCIR" from the categories, etc.

UICR West Branch Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg)
Posted March 11, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

thanks luke.let me know when it gets converted to a trail bridge.keep in touch.

Lewisburg PRR Railroad Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Current status: Still abandoned, still going to become a trail.

http://www.ccnnews8.com/index.php/9138-bvra-rail-trail-exten...

Lewisburg PRR Railroad Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Can't find anything on its current status, but I did discover that it caught fire in 2012:

http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/x1361426886/Railroad-brid...

Lewisburg PRR Railroad Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

i was wondering if this bridge has been turned into a trail bridge.anyone know the current status please let me know.