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Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs
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Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs

Accession DA.PRR.2012.001

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, DE, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Abby Adams in 2013.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-29T10:33-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs
Dates: circa 1910
Accession Number: DA.PRR.2012.001
Creator: Pennsylvania Railroad
Extent: 40 images
Language of Material: English
Repository: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The collection consists of digital scans of photographs of bridges on the Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which ran from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of Steve Agostini, 2013

Mr. Agostini recovered the original photographs when Conrail disposed of them. Digital scans were made of the originals and donated to the Hagley Library.

Location of Copies

The collection can be viewed at Hagley Digital Archives

The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society also holds a copy of the digital scans.

Location of Originals

Steve Agostini owns the original photographs.

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Biographical Note

Steve Agostini is a former employee of Conrail and webmaster for the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society.

The Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was a rail line in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, connecting Philadelphia with Pittsburgh via Harrisburg. It is still an important cross-state corridor, composed of Amtrak's Philadelphia to Harrisburg Main Line, SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line and the Norfolk Southern Railway's Pittsburgh Line.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs of thirty-nine bridges on the Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which ran from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. The photographs were taken by or for the company as a form of property documentation. Most of the bridges have now been replaced by newer structures. The photographs show the Main Line suburbs before they were built up when the roads and streets were much more rudimentary.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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1 Aberdeen Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 33; Date of erection or renewal: 1886, rebuilt 1914; Miles from Philadelphia: 14.2; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 23.6; Center to center of bearings (each span): 25.7; Out to out (each span): 28; Total length between back walls: 29.7; Skew (each span): 100°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 17.8; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 17.4]
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2 Rosemont/Airdale Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 29 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: 1892; Miles from Philadelphia: 10.9; Class of bridge: overhead, brick arch; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 24; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 19.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 19.2]
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3 Ardmore/Anderson Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 25; Date of erection or renewal: 1888; Miles from Philadelphia: 8.5; Class of bridge: overhead, half through plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 25; Center to center of bearings (each span): 27; Out to out (each span): 28.1; Total length between back walls: 29.2; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 13.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 13]
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4 Bear Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 39; Date of erection or renewal: 1886, 1891; Miles from Philadelphia: 19.4; Type of bridge: overhead; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 18.7; Center to center of bearings (each span): 21.5; Out to out (each span): 23.1; Total length between back walls: 23.6; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 15.2; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 15]
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5 Bowman Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 1865' W. of Merion Bridges 22 and 23; Date of erection or renewal: 1891, rebuilt in 1901; Type of bridge: overhead, half through girder, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 3; Length of each span: 57',7'-28,25'; Total length between back walls: 114' 8 1/2"; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 22'-5 1/4"; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 22; Clear roadway: 34"; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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6 Cassatt Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 381' west of Berwyn - Bridges 37 and 38; Date of erection or renewal: circa 1880, rebuilt September 1898; Type of bridge: overhead, iron plate girder half through, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 58.75; Total length between back walls: 115.8'; Skew (each span): 93°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 20.66-20.88; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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7 Church Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 1737' E. of Ardmore - Bridges 24 and 25; Date of erection or renewal: prior to 1880; Type of bridge: overhead, iron pratt truss half through, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 57.8; Total length between back walls: 65.4'; Skew (each span): 65°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 19.95-20.35; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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8 County Line Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 30; Date of erection or renewal: 1889; Miles from Philadelphia: 11.6; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 22.9; Center to center of bearings (each span): 24.8; Out to out (each span): 27.1; Total length between back walls: 27.7; Skew (each span): 106°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 15.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 15.4]
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9 Glen Road bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 38; Date of erection or renewal: 1891, rebuilt 1914; Miles from Philadelphia: 18.6; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 23.5; Center to center of bearings (each span): 26.8; Out to out (each span): 28; Total length between back walls: 29; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 16.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 16.2]
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10 Gordon Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 28; Date of erection or renewal: 1889, rebuilt 1914; Miles from Philadelphia: 9.4; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 23.2; Center to center of bearings (each span): 26; Out to out (each span): 28; Total length between back walls: 28.5; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 13.8; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 13.6]
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11 Gulf Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 35; Date of erection or renewal: 1887; Miles from Philadelphia: 15.5; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 24.1; Center to center of bearings (each span): 26.9; Out to out (each span): 28; Total length between back walls: 29.3; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 14.7; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 14.4]
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12 Haverford Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 27; Date of erection or renewal: 1899; Miles from Philadelphia: 9.2; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 35.3; Center to center of bearings (each span): 37.3; Out to out (each span): 38.7; Total length between back walls: 39.2; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 15.8; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 15.6]
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13 King of Prussia Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 31; Date of erection or renewal: 1901; Miles from Philadelphia: 13.1; Class of bridge: overhead, half through plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 29.6; Center to center of bearings (each span): 33.8; Out to out (each span): 35; Total length between back walls: 36.7; Skew (each span): 128°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 14.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 14.2]
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14 Lancaster Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 1225' west of Berwyn - Bridges 37 and 38; Date of erection or renewal: circa 1880, rebuilt September 1898, rebuilt 1958; Type of bridge: overhead, iron pratt truss half through, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 61.6; Total length between back walls: 68.1'; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 21.99-21.21; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by Lancaster Avenue Improvement Co.]
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15 Lancaster Pike bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 36; Date of erection or renewal: 1889, rebuilt 1916; Miles from Philadelphia: 16.1; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 23.9; Center to center of bearings (each span): 26.7; Out to out (each span): 28; Total length between back walls: 29.1; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 16.1; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 16.9]
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16 Lancaster Pike bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 37; Date of erection or renewal: 1886; Miles from Philadelphia: 17.2; Class of bridge: deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 24.4; Center to center of bearings (each span): 26.5; Out to out (each span): 28; Total length between back walls: 29.2; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 17; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 16.8]
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17 Lehigh Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 26; Date of erection or renewal: 1889, rebuilt 1914; Miles from Philadelphia: 8.8; Class of bridge: deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 22.7; Center to center of bearings (each span): 25.2; Out to out (each span): 26.5; Total length between back walls: 27.3; Skew (each span): 87°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 16.3; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 16]
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18 Merion Ave. bridge (looking east) , circa 1910 [Location: 1205' west of Bryn Mawr - Bridges 28 and 29; Date of erection or renewal: 1869, rebuilt 1881, 1899, 1910; Type of bridge: overhead, concrete plate girder, concrete floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 70; Total length between back walls: 74.8'; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 21.5; Remarks: built and maintained by P.R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.; Photographer: J.N.F.]
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1919 Merion Ave. bridge (looking west) , 1911 March 7 [Location: 1205' west of Bryn Mawr - Bridges 28 and 29; Date of erection or renewal: 1869, rebuilt 1881, 1899, 1910; Type of bridge: overhead, concrete plate girder, concrete floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 70; Total length between back walls: 74.8'; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 21.5; Remarks: built and maintained by P.R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.; Photographer: J.N.F.]
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20 Morris Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 28 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: 1900; Miles from Philadelphia: 10.2; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 30; Center to center of bearings (each span): 33.3; Out to out (each span): 35; Total length between back walls: 36; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 13.8; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 11.8]
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21 Narberth Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 245' east of Narberth - Bridges 22 and 23; Date of erection or renewal: rebuilt 1897; Type of bridge: overhead, iron half through plate girder, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 63.1; Total length between back walls: 106.6'; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 20.21-19.81; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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22 New Lancaster Pike bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 35 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: 1899; Miles from Philadelphia: 15.8; Class of bridge: overhead, stone arch; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 24; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 17.3; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 18.3]
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23 Old Eagle Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 2287' west of Wayne - Bridges 34 and 35; Date of erection or renewal: 1899; Type of bridge: overhead, warren truss and plate girder, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 3; Length of each span: 35.1, 90.3, 35.3; Total length between back walls: 167.9'; Skew (each span): 53°33'; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 22.33; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches are not maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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24 Overbrook Station bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 69' west of Overbrook; Date of erection or renewal: 1887, rebuilt 1904, removed and rebuilt in 1935; Type of bridge: overhead, iron half through girder, brick floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 4; Length of each span: 72.85, 90, 72.50, 34.87; Total length between back walls: 270.3'; Skew (each span): 96°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 21.16; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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25 Overbrook Stream bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 22; Miles from Philadelphia: 5.5; Class of bridge: overhead, stone arch; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 13.8; Skew (each span): 151°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 12.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 12.0]
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26 Penn St. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 1874' east of Bryn Mawr - Bridges 28 and 29; Date of erection or renewal: 1870 March; Type of bridge: overhead, iron pratt truss with arch brace, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 66; Total length between back walls: 72.4'; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 20.23-20.16; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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27 Penna Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 24 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: 1903; Miles from Philadelphia: 7.5; Class of bridge: overhead, half through plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 30; Center to center of bearings (each span): 34.2; Out to out (each span): 36; Total length between back walls: 37.2; Skew (each span): 88°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 15.9; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 15.9]
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28 Public Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: west of Paoli; Date of erection or renewal: 1905; Type of bridge: overhead, iron plate girder, wood floor; Number of tracks: 2; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 40.7; Total length between back walls: 47.7; Skew (each span): 90°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 24.3-26.6; Remarks: built and maintained by P.R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co. until settlement with township authorities.]
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29 Public Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 2701' east of Green Tree - Paoli duckunder and Bridge no. 40; Date of erection or renewal: 1906; Type of bridge: overhead, iron through plate girder, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 70.5; Total length between back walls: 73.6; Skew (each span): 72°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 23.2; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co. until settlement with township authorities.]
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30 Roberts Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 29; Date of erection or renewal: 1881; Miles from Philadelphia: 10.6; Class of bridge: overhead, brick arch; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 24; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 26.6; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 26.8]
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31 Rockland Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 1615' east of Narberth, Bridges 22 and 23; Date of erection or renewal: rebuilt in 1900; Type of bridge: overhead, half through girder, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 59.5; Total length between back walls: 116; Skew (each span): 80°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 20.79; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by Borough of Narberth.]
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32 Spring Mill Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 90' west of Villa Nova, Bridges 30 and 31; Date of erection or renewal: before 1875; Type of bridge: overhead, iron pratt truss with arch brace, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 60.6; Total length between back walls: 65.6; Skew (each span): 64°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 20.86-20.16; Remarks: Maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co.]
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33 St. Davids Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 32; Date of erection or renewal: 1910; Miles from Philadelphia: 13.8; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 24; Center to center of bearings (each span): 26.7; Out to out (each span): 28.3; Total length between back walls: 28.8; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 13.6; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 13.3]
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34 Stream Bridge MP 7-11 , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 23; Miles from Philadelphia: 7.1; Class of bridge: overhead, stone arch; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 15; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 48.3; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 48.1]
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35 Bridge 17-23 , circa 1910 [overhead bridge, rebuilt 1914]
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36 Valley Forge Rd. bridge , circa 1910 [Location: 946' east of Devon - Bridges 36 and 36 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: July 1895; Type of bridge: overhead, iron warren truss - half through, wood floor; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Length of each span: 92.3; Total length between back walls: 97.65; Skew (each span): 106°; Clear distance from base of rail to underside of bridge: 21.04-21.42-; Remarks: Built and maintained by R.R. Co. P.R.R. Co. has never maintained the approaches.]
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37 Waterloo Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 36 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: 1887; Miles from Philadelphia: 16.5; Class of bridge: overhead, brick arch; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 23.6; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 18.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 18.4]
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38 Wayne Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 34; Date of erection or renewal: 1902; Miles from Philadelphia: 14.5; Class of bridge: overhead, deck plate girder; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 29.8; Center to center of bearings (each span): 32.2; Out to out (each span): 34; Total length between back walls: 34.1; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 18.5; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 18.2]
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39 Woodbine Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 21 1/2; Date of erection or renewal: 1894; Miles from Philadelphia: 5.2; Class of bridge: overhead, stone arch; Number of tracks: 5; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 49.9; Skew (each span): 76°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 20; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 19.8]
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40 Wynnewood Ave. bridge , circa 1910 [Bridge no.: 24; Date of erection or renewal: 1879; Miles from Philadelphia: 7.2; Type of bridge: overhead; Number of tracks: 4; Number of Spans: 1; Clear span face to face of coping: 23.8; Skew (each span): 90°; Base of rail to ground surface or bed of stream (max. distance): 27.4; Base of rail to surface of water or road: 27.4]