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SP/PE - West Basin Bascule Bridge


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Lost Warren baltimore through truss bascule bridge over West Basin/Turning Basin on Pacific Electric Railway/Southern Pacific Railroad
San Pedro, Los Angeles County, California
Built 1912; Removed 1955
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Per Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen's Magazine, Volume 51)
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Per Railway and Marine News, Volume 9)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
- Interurban
- Pacific Electric Railway (PE)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
Warren through truss bascule
Span length: 187.0 ft.
Total length: 187.0 ft.
Also called
SP - San Pedro River Bascule Bridge
PE - San Pedro River Bascule Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.75228, -118.27179   (decimal degrees)
33°45'08" N, 118°16'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/382209/3735416 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54137 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • July 27, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • February 22, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 1, 2016: Updated by Luke: Reverted default image to a clearer view.
  • February 1, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 16, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 29, 2014: Updated by Luke: Refined GPS
  • October 29, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 18, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 14, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • July 22, 2013: New photos from Luke Harden
  • October 23, 2012: Added by Luke Harden


SP/PE - San Pedro River Bascule Bridge
Posted March 18, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This railroad bascule bridge is similar to the B&O South Chicago rail bridge Baltimore warren truss was also struck few times then was removed in 1955. Much in common however the whole bridge was completely removed before the B&O Calumet River rail drawbridge only has the span torn from its supports in 1988 leaving but a counterweight bridge tower