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Amtrak - Gunpowder River Bridge

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Amtrak -Gunpowder River Bridge

Oliver Beach MD

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #284750

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Description 

The bascule lift bridge is a twin of the Perryman bridge

Facts 

Overview
Girder bridge over Gunpowder River on Amtrak RR ( 2 tracks)
Location
Oliver Beach, Baltimore County, Maryland, and Harford County, Maryland
Status
Open to rail traffic, draw mechanism removed
Future prospects
Long-term plans for replacement
History
Built 1912-13 one track at a time to replace wooden pile trestle
Builders
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic) (Engineer)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Commuter Rail
- Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Northeast Corridor (NEC)
Design
Concrete deck girder trestle with one through girder bascule lift span
Dimensions
Total length: 4,853.0 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Also called
PRR - Gunpowder River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.38387, -76.35091   (decimal degrees)
39°23'02" N, 76°21'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/383654/4360246 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Edgewood
Inventory number
BH 61216 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 25, 2014: Photo imported by Ian Martin
  • August 7, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Gustav Lindenthal"; Removed other category
  • August 7, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added details, corrected mistakes
  • June 3, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Noted that the state of Maryland and Amtrak are considering options for replacing Gunpowder with a higher-capacity bridge
  • June 3, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

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