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Anacostia Railroad Bridge

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Carries  Railroad
Locale  Washington, D.C.
Address  Washington, DC 20003, USA
Length  277 m
Location  Washington, D.C.
Owner  CSX Transportation
Crosses  Anacostia River
No. of spans  1
Opened  1872
Width  10 m
Body of water  Anacostia River
Anacostia Railroad Bridge
Total length  approx. 910 feet (280 m)
Clearance below  5 feet (1.5 m) (lift span closed), 29 feet (8.8 m) (open)
Similar  Aqueduct Bridge, 11th Street Bridges, Dumbarton Bridge, Duke Ellington Bridge, 16th Street Bridge

The Anacostia Railroad Bridge is a vertical lift railroad bridge crossing the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., United States. The bridge is owned by CSX Transportation.

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History

The Baltimore and Potomac Rail Road, a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, built the first railroad bridge on this site, which opened on July 2, 1872. Successor Penn Central Railroad rebuilt the bridge in 1972. The bridge currently carries freight trains on the Alexandria Extension of the CSX Capital Subdivision. Originally the bridge supported three tracks. This was later reduced to two tracks, and then one track in 2006.

Operations

The lift span is occasionally raised for boat traffic. The lift is controlled by a CSX bridge tender located nearby at Benning Rail Yard.

Incidents

On November 10, 2007, a unit train carrying coal derailed and caused the collapse of the northern span of the bridge.

CSX had briefly closed the bridge in 2006 after it found high levels of corrosion and made repairs, and after the 2007 accident it again closed the bridge. The southern span was reopened 24 hours after the accident.

References

Anacostia Railroad Bridge Wikipedia


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