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This bridge is a great example of how railroads would alter bridges (both long ago and more recently) to accommodate increasing loads and increased deterioration. First, the original 1894 bridge was altered in 1907. This is discussed in the HAER documentation. More recently additional alterations and repairs have been made, and are easy to spot on the bridge as they have a brighter orange rust color in the photos.
In recent history historic railroad truss bridges have come under increasing risk for demolition and replacement after many decades of very few being replaced. This bridge with its original lightweight construction followed by numerous repairs might seem like a possible at-risk railroad bridge, considering the line would appear to be a direct route to New York City. However the current owner of the railroad line has another flatter and parallel railroad line so this line (and thus the bridge) are likely not considered major corridors. The line likely only sees one of two Susquehanna engines per day.
The 1907 photo below appears to show the repair work in progress.
Above: Photo from HAER showing bridge in 1907.
Above: Photo from HAER showing bridge in 1933.
Above: Photo from HAER showing bridge in 1971.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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