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PRR - Brandywine Valley Viaduct


Brandywine Valley Viaduct -- November 13, 2010

Overview from hill above Bradford Avenue looking East towards Whitford

Photo taken by Raymond Klein in January 2011


BH Photo #191504


Street View 


This is an extension of the Downingtown Pike Bridge which crosses the Downingtown Pike/US - 322


Abandoned bridge over Brandywine Creek on Former Pennsylvania Railroad P&T Branch
Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Abandoned in 1989
Built 1903-04
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Concrete Viaduct
Pratt Deck Truss
Deck Girder
Total length: 1,451.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.99542, -75.69813   (decimal degrees)
39°59'44" N, 75°41'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/440403/4427482 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47492 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2020: New photos from Ian Nelson
  • October 5, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 7, 2020: New photos from Ian Nelson
  • June 26, 2020: New photos from Ian Nelson
  • June 30, 2016: New photo from Pat Gavin
  • December 27, 2011: HAER photos posted by James Baughn
  • November 13, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added Pratt Deck Truss to Design
  • January 9, 2011: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • January 6, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added breif descritpion
  • January 2, 2011: Added by Raymond Klein


  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER PA-518 - Pennsylvania Railroad, Brandywine Valley Viaduct, Spanning Brandywine Creek & U.S. Route 322, Downingtown, Chester County, PA
  • Pat Gavin
  • Ian Nelson
  • Geoff Hubbs


PRR - Brandywine Valley Viaduct
Posted January 18, 2021, by Franz Dobler Jr. (fjdoblerjr [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pretty sure the netting has only been under the bridge for the past 5-7 years.

PRR - Brandywine Valley Viaduct
Posted August 8, 2020, by George A Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nice pictures,Ian.Especially with the drone.I noticed pictures taken on the ROW.Is it possible to get to the bridge without too much trouble,like climbing for example?Also wondering how long the netting which is a great idea has been under the bridge over the roadway if anybody knows that.

Brandywine Valley Viaduct Downingtown, PA
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this abandoned r.r. bridge?please let me know.thanks.