Suvarna Garge (Editor)

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Covid-19
Opened  1904
Area  4,856 m²
Longest span  97 m
Length  300 m
Longest span  97 m
Body of water  Allegheny River
Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge HistoricBridgesorg
Carries  2 tracks of Norfolk Southern / Amtrak
Official name  Bridge No. 1, Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway
Total length  985 feet (300 m) 5 spans
Clearance below  deck is 40.9 feet (12.5 m) above Emsworth Dam normal pool level (710 feet (220 m) above sea level)
Similar  33rd Street Railroad Bridge, 30th Street Bridge, Senator Robert D Fleming, Corliss Tunnel, Washington Crossing Bridge

The Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge, listed as the Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge on the National Register of Historic Places, is a double-deck steel truss railroad bridge spanning the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge a photo from Pennsylvania Northeast

The upper deck carries two tracks of Norfolk Southern and Amtrak traffic. The lower deck is unused. The bridge crosses 40 feet (12 m) above the Allegheny and its longest span is 319 feet (97 m).

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu

History

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge FileFort Wayne Railroad Bridgejpg Wikimedia Commons

The bridge was built between 1901 and 1904 by American Bridge Company on new piers immediately next to the 1868 bridge it replaced while the old bridge remained in use.

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Wikipedia

The 1868 bridge was a five-span wrought-iron lattice truss built for the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway with two simple plate girder spans as approach roads at each end.

In 1918 the bridge and associated approaches were raised (as were other neighboring bridges) to increase navigable headroom.

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County

The lower level was used by local freight trains switching in the Downtown area and the Strip District. Its tracks were removed in the 1980s as part of a major track and platform realignment through Pennsylvania Station.

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

References

Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge Wikipedia


Similar Topics
30th Street Bridge
33rd Street Railroad Bridge
Corliss Tunnel
Topics
 
B
i
Link
H2
L