Sherman Cahal

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Tunnel No. 6 (Washington County, Pennsylvania)

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Tunnel No. 6 (Washington County, Pennsylvania)

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PRR - Shenango River Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)

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Meighen Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)

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Meighen Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)
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Recent Updates 

Kidd's Mill Covered Bridge 38-43-01 (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Covered bridge over Shenango River on Kidds Mill Road (TR 471)
March 21, 2017: Essay added
Kidd's Mill Covered Bridge 38-43-01 (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Covered bridge over Shenango River on Kidds Mill Road (TR 471)
March 21, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Updates with history to follow.
Kidd's Mill Covered Bridge 38-43-01 (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Covered bridge over Shenango River on Kidds Mill Road (TR 471)
March 21, 2017: New photo
Ohl Street Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Shenango River on Ohl Street in Greenville
March 17, 2017: New photo
Clark's Mills Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Little Shenango River on TR 740
March 10, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Very minor update.
Sugar Creek Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on PA 4010 in Sugarcreek
March 7, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: History
Sugar Creek Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on PA 4010 in Sugarcreek
March 7, 2017: New photos
PRR - Oil City Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Allegheny River on Pennsylvania Railroad
March 2, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: History, revising location.
WNYP - Wye Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Parker through truss bridge over Allegheny River on Pennsylvania Railroad
March 2, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: History
WNY&P - Oil Creek Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt through truss bridge over Oil Creek on Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad
February 28, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text correction.
WNY&P - Oil Creek Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt through truss bridge over Oil Creek on Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad
February 28, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Added history, revised name.
J&F - Oil City Tunnel (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned tunnel
February 28, 2017: Added
WNY&P - Oil Creek Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt through truss bridge over Oil Creek on Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad
February 28, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Updated text.
Center Street Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Steel through arch bridge over Oil Creek on PA 6008 (Center Street) in Oil City
February 28, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text updates.
Center Street Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Steel through arch bridge over Oil Creek on PA 6008 (Center Street) in Oil City
February 28, 2017: New photos
Main Street Bridge (New) (Franklin County, Ohio)
Steel arch bridge over Scioto River on West Main Street
February 27, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text
Stoffer Road Bridge (Richland County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Clear Fork Mohican River on Stoffer Road (TR 403)
February 23, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: History, scheduled for demo.
Rommels Mill Bridge (Richland County, Ohio)
Warren through truss bridge over Clear Fork Mohican River on TR 349 (Benedict Rd.)
February 23, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: History
Johnsville Bridge (Morrow County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Cedar Fork Mohican River on TR 242
February 23, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Updated
Johnsville Bridge (Morrow County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Cedar Fork Mohican River on TR 242
February 22, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Updated date.
Johnsville Bridge (Morrow County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Cedar Fork Mohican River on TR 242
February 22, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text updates and date; to be demolished.
Coleman Road Bridge (Morrow County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Whetstone Creek on TR 152 (Coleman Rd.)
February 22, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Gone.
Y&S - Grimms Bridge Tunnel (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Abandoned tunnel on Formerly Youngstown & Southern Railroad
February 21, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: History
Y&S - Grimms Bridge Tunnel (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Abandoned tunnel on Formerly Youngstown & Southern Railroad
February 21, 2017: Added
Grimms Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Little Beaver Creek on Grimms Bridge Road (TR 1042) in Calcutta
February 20, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Description
Grimms Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Little Beaver Creek on Grimms Bridge Road (TR 1042) in Calcutta
February 20, 2017: New photo
Graysville Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Fish Creek on CR 27
February 16, 2017: Essay added
Graysville Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Fish Creek on CR 27
February 16, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Corrected date.
Meighen Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Fish Creek on CR 7/4 (Fish Creek Road)
February 16, 2017: New photos
Bowers Hill Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Fish Creek on CR 7/4 (Fish Creek Road)
February 16, 2017: New photo
Clark Hill Bridge (Marshall County, West Virginia)
Through truss bridge over Fish Creek on CR 74/2 (Clark Hill Road)
February 16, 2017: New photo
Tunnel No. 6 (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned tunnel on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
February 15, 2017: Essay added
Tunnel No. 6 (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned tunnel on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
February 15, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Typo in date.
Tunnel No. 6 (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned tunnel on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
February 15, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Dates
Tunnel No. 6 (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned tunnel on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
February 15, 2017: Added
Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge (Beaver County, Pennsylvania)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Ohio River on PA 3052/11th Street in Ambridge
February 15, 2017: Essay added
Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge (Beaver County, Pennsylvania)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Ohio River on PA 3052/11th Street in Ambridge
February 15, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text update.
Leet Street Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad and PA 65 on Leet Street in Leetsdale
February 15, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Added text
Leet Street Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad and PA 65 on Leet Street in Leetsdale
February 15, 2017: New photo
Witherspoon Bridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on Raccoon Creek Road (TR 861)
February 14, 2017: New photos
Mahoning Avenue Viaduct (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Shenango River on Mahoning Avenue in New Castle
February 14, 2017: Essay added
Mahoning Avenue Viaduct (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Shenango River on Mahoning Avenue in New Castle
February 14, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text updates.
PRR - Shenango River Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: rem. 1903
PRR - Shenango River Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Date of latest bridge iteration
PRR - Shenango River Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text.
PRR - Shenango River Bridge (Mercer County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Text updates
KRL - Shenango River Bridge (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Whipple and Pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on the New Castle Industrial Railroad.
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Added date, description ext.
KRL - Shenango River Bridge (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Whipple and Pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on the New Castle Industrial Railroad.
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Updated name.
KRL - Shenango River Bridge (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Whipple and Pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on the New Castle Industrial Railroad.
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Corrections to history and ownership
PRR - Shenango River Bridge (Lawrence County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Shenago River on Pennsylvania Railroad
February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Added cat

Recent Comments 

Pine Creek Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 27, 2017

Talk about fracture critical!

Posted February 16, 2017

Closed for emergency repairs (as of January 27, 2017): http://www.transportation.wv.gov/highways/districts/district...

Tunnel No. 6 (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 15, 2017

Thank you! I have not yet completed the accompanying article. There are many more tunnels left to photograph on this route.

Posted February 15, 2017

I was leaning on that. The other issue I have with this bridge is that the E&P rebuilt many of their bridges at the turn of the century, like at Wheatland (which itself was rebuilt for two tracks).

The original bridge at Wheatland was wood. I am assuming that this one isn't original to the 1860's but early 1900's.

Leet Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 15, 2017

Still closed.

Posted February 13, 2017

The pier(s) for the c. 1864 wooden railroad bridge can be seen from the bank. The replacement crossing was built in 1899 but I am unsure on when it was replaced with the twin-track bridge.

Posted February 13, 2017

Not sure. It connects to a very active concrete casting factory, so it would need to be relocated to another location. I'd love to see this fitted on a rail-trail!

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Could this be a Penn Bridge Company or Morse Bridge Company design?

Posted February 12, 2017

Very much abandoned. It's a former PRR, connecting their Erie & Pittsburg Division at West Washington Street to their Oil City Division near Furnace Street. It cut through two steel plants.

Posted February 8, 2017

No one was professing that the covered bridge was a historic bridge, only that it was an aesthetically pleasing covered span. For 20 miles, it's one of the highlights of the trail, considering that it goes through unremarkable territory.

Look at Ashtabula County, which has 17 covered bridges, 10 of which are pre-1983 (versus 63 total many years ago). Those ten are historic, but the remaining seven are not - for now.

What defines historic in this instance? Some are entirely new bridges on new alignments; others are re-creations. Will it be historic when they reach the 50-year mark to be included on the National Register of Historic Places? Certainly, as will the two authentic covered bridges along the Maple Highlands Rail Trail.

Going back to the original topic, the railroad bridge seemed to have been removed long ago, preceding the construction of the rail trail. The county's park district has owned it since the 1980's (acquiring it from the B&O). From their standpoint, it can be argued that the covered bridge is more aesthetically pleasing than a run-of-the-mill plate girder, even if it is old. For a trail user, that's fine. It's highly unlikely that this will ever be used as a railroad again.

We'll have to agree to disagree on our interpretation of what the county did in this instance.

Posted February 6, 2017

It's not a "fake." It's a authentic and registered covered bridge.

Posted February 3, 2017

It was a very simple plate girder bridge, hardly unique or historic.