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RDG - Sunbury Bridge


Reading Bridge Sunbury

View ca. 1974 from east (Sunbury) end looking west

Photo from eBay seller pl8dog

BH Photo #353561


Bridge curved to north on west side of river. Carried main line of Reading Railroad (previously Philadelphia & Reading) between Shamokin/Sunbury & West Milton/Williamsport. Abandoned 1976 shortly after merger of Reading RR into Conrail. Spans over US 11 on west side removed early 1980s to improve clearances; rest of bridge remained standing until demolished 1989-1992 to clear river's recreational-lake reservoir. Was proposed for emergency-vehicle bypass bridge in 1970s and 1980s as traffic jams increased on nearby Bainbridge Street Bridge and White Bridge upstream was replaced in 1976-78. Highway dip under bridge's west end was flood-prone and the location of the western abutment (railroad name Clement Station) was removed for highway fill for nearby highway projects, so no trace of western end remains.


Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Susquehanna River on Reading Railroad
Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Removed but not replaced
Built 1917; railroad use ended 1976; removed 1991
- Reading Railroad (RDG)
Pony plate girder
Total length: 2,625.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.86129, -76.80252   (decimal degrees)
40°51'41" N, 76°48'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/348084/4524922 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 58972 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2019: New photo from Ben Williams
  • September 16, 2018: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • May 17, 2016: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • December 13, 2013: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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