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Wilmington and Western Railroad Bridge

Wilmington and Western Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 2016 and July 24, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Wilmington and Western) Over Red Clay Creek
Location
Ashland: New Castle County, Delaware: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2005
Main Span Length
104 Feet (31.7 Meters)
Structure Length
130 Feet (39.6 Meters)
Roadway Width
14.5 Feet (4.42 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was relocated to this location in 1907. It was a reused span from Bridge 124 on Baltimore and Ohio's Wheeling Division. The date of construction is therefore unknown. The unusual design details of this bridge and relatively lightweight members suggest a late 1870s or early 1880s railroad bridge. The bridge is skewed which is rare for a bridge this old, and an unusual detail of the skew is that the hip vertical member on one side is not vertical, it is inclined slightly. Other unusual details include the connection details of the sway bracing, with part of the bracing attached via a cast iron block alongside the top chord, with a second section mounted on top of the top chord.

A couple vertical members on the bridge were repaired with additional steel added, however these repairs look very old as lacing bars and rivets were part of the repairs. Restoration work of an unknown scope took place in 2005.

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