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CSX - Highlandtown PRR Overpass


Looking north

Photo taken in July 2014


BH Photo #291676


Street View 


Visitors should be advised that other than an approach via Gough Street this bridge is extremely difficult to access and photograph without trespassing on either railroad or private property. Area on the east side is a confusing mess of former streets turned industrial access roads.


Whipple through truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on CSX Transportation (nee B&O)
Baltimore, Maryland
Open to traffic
Built ca. 1885
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Canton Railroad (CTN)
- Conrail (CR)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Pin-connected Whipple through truss, skewed at approximately 60-degree angle
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Also called
NS/CSX Overpass
NS/CTN Overpass
BO/PC Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.28883, -76.55875   (decimal degrees)
39°17'20" N, 76°33'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/365572/4349987 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baltimore East
Inventory number
BH 60608 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,653)
Baltimore, Maryland (86)
Built 1885 (185)
Built during 1880s (2,015)
CSX Railroad (1,675)
Canton Railroad (2)
Conrail (1,595)
Have street view (27,121)
Maryland (797)
Norfolk Southern Railway (1,962)
Open (40,038)
Owned by railroad (12,585)
Penn Central Railroad (1,391)
Pin-connected (3,940)
Railroad (15,650)
Span length 250-500 feet (1,196)
Through truss (15,261)
Truss (33,100)
Whipple truss (390)

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Renamed bridge
  • September 2, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 14, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Build date added
  • August 21, 2014: New photos from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • July 30, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Numerous corrections and additions
  • April 6, 2014: Added by Nathan Holth

Related Bridges 



B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted November 17, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Two. This is to the south of the one to which you refer.

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted August 21, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

This is not the bridge that the Northeast Corridor passes under. How many Whipple RR bridges are in the Baltimore area?


Art S.

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted April 8, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (lner4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

Let me get over this flu and I'll be on it. If it's really the one you mention, it's not actually that visible, and it's not the safest of areas either (and this comes from someone who goes through awful ghettos without a thought). My maps show this to be CSX (former Baltimore & Ohio/Chessie System) crossing over Norfolk Southern (former Pennsylvania RR).

B&O Penn Central Railroad Bridge
Posted April 6, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Spent a few moments looking for the "230-foot steel truss crossing NS and Amtrak in Baltimore" that was mentioned in the article Art referenced. Not sure if this is it, but its a rare pin connected Whipple railroad truss and is viewable from public streets. Someone should photograph it!