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CSX - Harpers Ferry Wooden Trestle

Photos 

Structure

Photo taken by Zachary S in May 2012

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BH Photo #253535

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Because of its location, one would almost assume it's an approach trestle to the historic 1893 through truss over the Potomac, which the line continues onto shortly after this trestle, but best I can tell it's enough of its own bridge to be listed separately as there are enough indications that it's not technically part of the truss bridge to list it as a separate bridge. It may serve simply to keep the line elevated enough to cross the truss, located past another small bridge and a couple of fills/naturally elevated areas of ground.

Likely built for Winchester and Potomac Railroad, or its subsequent owners.

Facts 

Overview
Timber stringer bridge with one deck plate span on CSX Railroad
Location
Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, West Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
Railroad
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Timber stringer
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Historic District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32225, -77.73026   (decimal degrees)
39°19'20" N, 77°43'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/264640/4356092 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harpers Ferry
Inventory number
BH 56226 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Beam (15,916)
CSX Railroad (1,675)
Curved (464)
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (11)
Have street view (27,123)
Jefferson County, West Virginia (21)
NR-contributing (147)
Open (40,041)
Railroad (15,652)
Timber stringer (4,071)
West Virginia (1,499)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2019: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • January 15, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • July 9, 2014: New photo from Andrew Raker
  • May 31, 2014: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • May 12, 2013: Added by Zachary S

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Comments 

CSX - Harpers Ferry Wooden Trestle
Posted August 28, 2016, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Description is absolutely correct. There's short sections of earth embankment between the main B&O Potomac River as well as the Potomac St overpass. All 3 are separate structures when you're standing there.