Bangor and Portland Railway

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Bangor and Portland Railway
Locale Bangor, Pennsylvania to Portland, Pennsylvania
Dates of operation 1879–1909
Successor Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Bangor and Portland Railway was an American railroad incorporated in 1879. It began operations between Bangor and Portland, Pennsylvania, the following year. A branch opened in 1885 from Bangor, extending along Martins Creek to connect with the Pennsylvania Railroad at the town of Martins Creek on the Delaware River. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W) acquired the B&P as its Bangor and Portland Division in July 1903, and fully absorbed it six years later.[1]


This railroad crosses Martins Creek on an unusual bridge with two different spans, a 67 feet (20 m) riveted deck girder and a 56 feet (17 m) riveted lattice deck truss. The bridge originally had two 67 feet (20 m) deck girder spans, but these were doubled up to increase their strength. The 56 feet (17 m) lattice deck truss spans were salvaged from Bridge No. 138 on the DL&W’s Buffalo Division and a new abutment constructed to accommodate the shorter span.[2]

The bridge is the second at the location. The first, a trestle, was wrecked by the 1955 flood caused by Hurricane Diane. The DL&W abandoned it and built the current bridge. Its remains are still visible.


  1. ^ Thomas T. Taber III, Railroads of Pennsylvania: Encyclopedia and Atlas (Muncy, Pa.: Thomas T. Taber III, 1987), 315.
  2. ^ Milepost 96.50, region/division/branch 626255, correspondence files, Consolidated Rail Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa., subsequently transferred to Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Atlanta, Ga.

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