P.W. & B. Railroad Bridge
|P.W. & B. Railroad Bridge|
Construction of the bridge is almost complete in this 1866 newspaper illustration.
|Locale||(ruins) Havre de Grace, Maryland and Perryville, Maryland|
|Design||Wood truss bridge, with later iron reinforcements|
|Total length||3,269 feet (996 m):116|
|Number of spans||13 (including center draw span):116|
|Opened||November 26, 1866|
|Closed||1906 (as a railroad bridge); 1940 (as a highway bridge)|
The P.W. & B. Railroad Bridge was the first bridge over the Susquehanna River built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad in 1866 as part of the first mainline railroad between Philadelphia and Baltimore. The bridge was replaced by the Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge in 1906.
Construction of the bridge, a wood truss design, began in 1862. The masonry and most of the wooden spans were complete in 1866, but then a tornado severely damaged the wooden components on July 25, 1866. Repairs were made quickly and the first locomotive crossed the bridge on November 20, 1866. The cost of construction, including rebuilding most of the truss portions, was $2.3 million. Passenger trains began service over the bridge on November 26, 1866.
The PW&B later replaced the wooden spans with iron spans. A draw span was installed in the late 1870s.
The piers from the PW&B bridge still stand next to the current bridge.
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- Media related to P.W. & B. Railroad Bridge at Wikimedia Commons