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MERV - Hothers Bridge


Photo taken by Jodi Christman on 2/19/11


BH Photo #193963



Southern Pennsylvania Iron and Railway Company built this bridge as part of the railroad with a mission to connect to ore lands where new furnaces were built. Richmond Furnace, being one of the furnaces, unfortunately turned into an expensive disappointment. Later in the 1950s there was a surge on this railway as additional tunnels for the Pennsylvania Turnpike were built. SOURCE-"Railroads of Western Franklin County" by Randy Watts

Line acquired by Cumberland Valley RR, then became part of Pennsylvania RR, became part of Penn Central 1968, was not folded into Conrail upon 1976 merger. Short-line operator Mercersburg Railway operated over the line 1978-80, track torn up 1981. Bridge and portion of right-of-way right-of-way sold to private property owner 1985; property remains in private hands today.


Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Conococheague Creek on former Southern Pennsylvania Iron & Railroad Company
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Abandoned but privately owned
Built 1891; Abandoned 1981
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
- Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVRR)
- Mercersburg Railway (MERV)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Penndel Co.
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Southern Pennsylvania Iron & Railway Co. (SPI&R)
- Southern Pennsylvania Railway & Mining Co. (SPR&M)
Pratt through truss
Also called
SPI&R - Conococheague Creek Bridge
PC - Hothers Bridge
Penndel - Conococheague Creek Bridge
SPR&M - Conococheague Creek Bridge
PRR - Conococheague Creek Bridge
PC - Conococheague Creek Bridge
MERV - Hothers Bridge
PRR - Hothers Bridge
CV - Hothers Bridge
Hothers Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.84337, -77.74060   (decimal degrees)
39°50'36" N, 77°44'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/265513/4413967 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48184 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 22, 2019: Updated by Luke: Corrected builder to prexisting category
  • November 22, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected history; identified private owner; updated name.
  • December 31, 2018: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • August 20, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Revised history and builder
  • February 19, 2011: Added by Jodi Christman



Hothers RR Bridge
Posted November 22, 2019, by Luke

I added it to the sources section but this bridge's previously missing plaque was returned recently: https://www.facebook.com/mark.strock.71/posts/14836778084515...

Southern Pennsylvania Iron & Railroad Company Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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