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Witmer Farm Bridge

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Witmer Farm Bridge, Nov. 1961

Witmer Farm bridge, November 1961--an eastbound (geographically southbound) PRR freight passes under the Witmer Farm Bridge north of Millersburg, Pa.

Photo taken by Kerry Jury, reprinted with permission

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BH Photo #189666

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Description 

Collapsed January 25, 2010 from abutment erosion caused by heavy rainfall, remains removed by railroad contractors. As of this posting, bridge is still visible on Google Street View.

The RR constructed a road that parallels the tracks for the landowner to use that ties into a level crossing about 1,200 feet south of the former bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony truss bridge over Norfolk Southern RR (former Pennsylvania RR) on Private driveway
Location
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Status
Collapsed
Design
Pony truss, reportedly wrought iron from 19th century
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.55953, -76.97117   (decimal degrees)
40°33'34" N, 76°58'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/333117/4491730 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Millersburg
Inventory number
BH 47202 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Collapsed (399)
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (116)
Have street view (27,720)
Lost (26,396)
Lost 2010 (484)
Lost during 2010s (3,462)
Owned privately (1,819)
Pennsylvania (5,501)
Pony truss (16,570)
Truss (33,896)

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2012: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • May 19, 2011: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added photos, caption revision
  • December 2, 2010: New Street View added by Sheldon Wiens
  • December 2, 2010: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Sources 

  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Sheldon Wiens
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com

Comments 

Witmer Farm Bridge
Posted May 19, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Does anyone know what happened to this bridge? It appears to either be a late 1870s or 1880s bridge and was extremely significant and not beyond restoration after collapse. Was this bridge stored somewhere for future reuse and restoration?