Oil City Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge

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Oil City Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge
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Coordinates 41°25′21″N 79°41′52″W / 41.42250°N 79.69778°W / 41.42250; -79.69778Coordinates: 41°25′21″N 79°41′52″W / 41.42250°N 79.69778°W / 41.42250; -79.69778
Carries Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad
Crosses Allegheny River
Locale Cranberry Township and Oil City, Pennsylvania
Other name(s) Pennsylvania Railroad, Allegheny River Bridge
Characteristics
Design Truss bridge
History
Opened 1902

The Oil City Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge is a truss bridge that carries the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad (WNY&P) across the Allegheny River between Cranberry Township and Oil City, Pennsylvania. The bridge was originally built to serve the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of its Buffalo Line. WNY&P is the fourth owner of the structure. After the breakup of the Pennsy, Conrail took ownership of the line. The breakup of these company saw Norfolk Southern assigned the rights; the WNY&P took ownership in 2006 as they extended their trackage from Meadville, Pennsylvania to Oil City.[1] Because the bridge once served as a major junction point for several Pennsylvania Railroad lines, it features a unique approach structure. One section went from Oil City through Tidioute, Pennsylvania and then on to Warren, Pennsylvania. Conrail abandoned this line in 1976, but it may re-open so that the WNYP has a direct route to Warren.

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