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PRR - Grays Ferry Branch Swing Bridge


PRR Grays Ferry Branch Drawbridge

Pennsylvania/Penn Central RR track diagram

View this photo at broadway.pennsyrr.com

BH Photo #344120


Street View 


Demolition begun July 2018.

Nov. 2017 article on transfer to city and planned replacement with new lighter swing span for pedestrian traffic. Groundbreaking is expected in early 2018 with completion of the project projected for 2019: https://hiddencityphila.org/2017/11/schuylkill-river-swing-b...

November 2015 article on planned replacement: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/With_funding_secured_Schuy...

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia,_Wilmington_and_B...


Abandoned through truss bridge over Schuylkill River on former Pennsylvania Railroad
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Under demolition July 2018
Future prospects
Replacement with new swing span for pedestrian use planned. Bridge formally transferred to City of Philadelphia Nov. 1, 2017. "With the property transfer complete, construction of the $13 million project, under the direction of architecture and engineering firm Amman & Whitney, will begin to replace the 226-foot swing truss and redesign its 97-foot approaches. A new bridge will resemble the original, while the approaches will lift the crossing to allow for clearance of river traffic. The new bridge will also have the capability to swing open for larger sea-faring vessels to pass through." Section 106 Review in progress.
Built 1901 by American Bridge Co. for Pennsylvania RR, opened 1902; abandoned 1984
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Through truss
Length of largest span: 223.0 ft.
Total length: 418.5 ft.
Also called
PRR South Philadelphia Branch Bridge
Grays Ferry Railroad Bridge
Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Bridge No. 1
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.94062, -75.20507   (decimal degrees)
39°56'26" N, 75°12'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/482479/4421186 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 70269 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 24, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • November 15, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 10, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Demolition has begun for replacement
  • November 25, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 2, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Bridge transferred to City for planned replacement with new swing span; bridge is doomed.
  • June 30, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Refined future plans for bridge.
  • April 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 26, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added more details and Wikipedia entry, but bridge is doomed.
  • December 17, 2015: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV


  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Wikipedia
  • Douglas Butler
  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER PA-547 - Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, Bridge No. 1, Spanning Schuylkill River, south of Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


PRR - Grays Ferry Branch Swing Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Luke for finding this bridge and also the information on this bridge.