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Sterling Street Overpass

Photos 

New road and storm drains

Looking north across Sterling Street

Photo taken by Ian Anderson in June 2011

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BH Photo #202972

Map 

Description 

The bridge was built as a part of the Pennsylvania (later Reading) Railroad's Newtown line. The line was abandoned by Septa in 1983, last being used in an experimental railbus run in 1985. The bridge was closed as of 2000 and then demolished, with the railbed being filled/paved over by Septa as "the final nail in the coffin" for the line.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Septa R8 Newtown-Fox Chase Line on Sterling Street
Location
Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Lost
History
Bridge demolished 2000, railway filled in and paved over
Railroad
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 28.9 ft.
Total length: 30.8 ft.
Deck width: 25.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.22400, -74.93283   (decimal degrees)
40°13'26" N, 74°55'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/505714/4452621 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Langhorne
Inventory numbers
PA 09 7412 0010 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 49020 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Corrected GPS, it was to far south on the map to match the location.
  • July 3, 2011: Updated by Ian Anderson: Fixed demo. date
  • July 1, 2011: Added by Ian Anderson

Sources 

  • Ian Anderson - macsignals [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net