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KRL - Shenango River Bridge


Photo taken by Brian McKee in April 2009


BH Photo #136917


Street View 


The Shenango River Bridge carries the New Castle Industrial Railroad over the Shenango River in New Castle, Pennsylvania. It was once part of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

In August 1901, the BR&P, B&O and the Pittsburg & Lake Erie came together to construct a bridge over the Shenango River just south of Mahoning Avenue. The new bridge, a Whipple through truss and Pratt through truss, was built to connect the BR&P to the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Railroad and B&O and to the city. The railroad, with three operators, would also serve several new factories, including Hartman Manufacturing and the Baldwin & Graham stove works.


Whipple and Pratt through truss bridge over Shenango River on the New Castle Industrial Railroad.
New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Constructed from August 1901-02 by the BR&P, B&O and P&LE.
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad (BR&P)
- Kasgro Rail Lines (KRL)
- New Castle Industrial Railroad (NCIR)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Length of largest span: 235.0 ft.
Total length: 370.0 ft.
Also called
BR&P - Shenango River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.98156, -80.35341   (decimal degrees)
40°58'54" N, 80°21'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/554394/4536911 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Castle South
Inventory number
BH 42302 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 13, 2017: Updated by Sherman Cahal: Added date, description ext.
  • April 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad", "New Castle Industrial Railroad", "Railroad"
  • May 28, 2011: New Street View added by Tony Dillon
  • April 10, 2009: Added by Brian McKee



P&LE RR Bridge Big Run Branch?
Posted April 16, 2013, by Ron Mele (rmeg12 [at] charter [dot] net)

The bridge is owned by East Manufacturing, leased to Kasgro Rail, and operated by NCIR. It's mostly used by Kasgro for car storage but NCIR has operated over it on occasion.

P&LE RR Bridge Big Run Branch?
Posted May 30, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Two great bridges parallel to each other - classic Pennsylvania!

P&LE RR Bridge Big Run Branch?
Posted May 28, 2011, by Jodi Christman

What a neat bridge! I see that it is a Whipple and what a beautiful portal bracing design! I am interested in knowing more about the shorter span. Can anyone share any information on the diagonal portal of the smaller span. I have never seen on before. I appreciate anyone's insights. Thanks.