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PRR - Whitford Flyover


Trestle from Road

Joe Sharretts, March 2010


View this photo at abandonedrails.com

BH Photo #191612

Street View 


The Whitford Bridge's main span, a pin-connected Parker through truss, is an exceptionally long example of its type at 373'-l". Its length surpasses the practical limit of 300'-0", beyond which a subdivided Pennsylvania truss was commonly used instead. It is also significant in association with the Pennsylvania Railroad's Philadelphia & Thorndale Branch, a low-grade freight line constructed as part ofmassive improvements during the early twentieth century.

-- Statement of Significance from the Historic American Engineering Record


Through truss bridge on PRR P&T Branch over Amtrak
Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Abandoned with deck removed
Built 1904; abandoned in 1989
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Smith Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- William A. Pratt
- William H. Brown
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Parker through truss
Length of largest span: 373.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01474, -75.63849   (decimal degrees)
40°00'53" N, 75°38'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/445509/4429588 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47534 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added HAER photos, span length, description from HAER, & categories "Skewed", "11-panel truss"
  • February 14, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 13, 2021: New photo from Ian Nelson
  • October 29, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 5, 2020: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 7, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • September 29, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 31, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 30, 2016: New photos from Nathan Myers
  • January 22, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • April 1, 2011: Updated by James Baughn: Corrected name
  • January 9, 2011: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • January 6, 2011: Added by Daniel Hopkins


  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Nathan Myers - nathanmyers94 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ian Nelson
  • HAER PA-522
  • Paul Plassman


PRR - Whitford Flyover
Posted February 20, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Wow! Some scene....a huge, skewed railroad truss over another railroad, with both crossing over a road at the same time!

Whitford Flyover Bridge
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.