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Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge


Railroad bridges at Harpers Ferry

old bridge is on the right, downstream of new deck truss

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in April 2006


BH Photo #132709

Street Views 


Harper's Ferry Appalachian Trail Bridge DESTROYED by Train Derailment - On-Scene Aftermath Footage

Video of derailment aftermath filmed December 22, 2019, the day after it happened. Shows badly damaged bridge sections and re-railment activity.

YouTube user Railfan Rowan

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Through truss bridge over Potomac River and old C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry on CSX Railroad and Appalachian Trail
Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and Washington County, Maryland
Closed for repair after derailment
Future prospects
Will be repaired and returned to service for both trains and pedestrians
Built 1894, was mainline until 1931 bridge built to the north; damaged in derailment 2019
- Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania [also known as A & P Roberts Co.]
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
3 x Pratt through truss over river channel
5 x deck plate girder, 3 on west end, 2 on east end
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32394, -77.72731   (decimal degrees)
39°19'26" N, 77°43'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/264900/4356272 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Harpers Ferry
492 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78001484 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 38790 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 6, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • December 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 6, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • December 29, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Bridge damaged by derailment; video added
  • June 28, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 6, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 27, 2019: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • August 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 28, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • March 16, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Rail-and-Road", "US 340", "Road-to-trail"
  • January 15, 2015: New Street View added by Luke
  • January 15, 2015: New photo from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • May 12, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • April 18, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: NRHP
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added gps coordinates
  • January 31, 2009: Added by Bob Morgan



Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge
Posted October 16, 2022, by Erica Parriott (parriott [dot] erica [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of July 2020, the pedestrian path was fixed and the Bridge was re-opened.

Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Are there any videos showing the heavy equipment working at the scene after the derailment?Interesting how this heavy equipment operates.

Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge
Posted December 22, 2019, by Nathan Delaplaine (ndelaplaine [at] gmail [dot] com)

You know. I just saw this incident on a yesterday newspaper from this morning.

Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge
Posted December 21, 2019, by Anonymous

Derailment on the bridge today. Two cars fell off.

Appalachian Trail/CSX - Potomac River Bridge
Posted June 2, 2019, by Eric Miller (Ecm56 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


When was the old railroad bridge converted to a pedestrian bridge to carry foot traffic for the Appalachian Trail? Also, what was the route of the Appalachian Trail prior to this bridge being the river crossing? Was it the route 340 highway bridge?

Thank you!

Eric Miller