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Scarlets Mill Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #155558

Description 

Built in 1881 in the Pottsville shops of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, it was used as an overhead crossing on a branch just west of Reading. Sometime between 1907 and 1935 it was moved to its present location. The trail is maintained by The Horse-Shoe Trail Club. Best access is via Sparrow Lane. Follow yellow blazed trail.

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge on the Horse-Shoe Trail in Scarlets Mill.
Location
Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1881; moved here between 1907 and 1935.
Builders
- John L. Foreman of Pottstown, Pennsylvania (Design)
- Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Pottstown Shops
Railroads
- Philadelphia & Reading Rail Road (1833-1896) (P&R)
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Design
Cast- and wrought-iron Pratt-type pony truss with elliptical upper chord
Also called
Horse-Shoe Trail Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.21942, -75.84367   (decimal degrees)
40°13'10" N, 75°50'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/428215/4452452 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Elverson
Inventory numbers
HAER PA-210
BH 44176 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 18, 2021: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • June 12, 2021: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description and other stuff.
  • February 19, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • HAER PA-210 - Scarlets Mill Bridge, Spanning former Reading Railroad, Scarlets Mill, Berks County, PA
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Scarlets Mill Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You should be able to delete the extra ones George.

Scarlets Mill Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sorry about the multiple posts.Forgot about that.

Scarlets Mill Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I never heard of or knew this bridge existed.I also live in Reading so i'll look at this bridge when i can.

Scarlets Mill Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I never heard of or knew this bridge existed.I also live in Reading so i'll look at this bridge when i can.

Scarlets Mill Bridge
Posted June 18, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I never heard of or knew this bridge existed.I also live in Reading so i'll look at this bridge when i can.