Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs

About this collection

The Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was a rail line 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. This collection comprises images of thirty-nine bridges on the Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The photographs were taken by or for the company as a form of property documentation. The original photographs were digitized and the scans donated to Hagley Museum and Library by Conrail employee Stephen J. Agostini. For a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Aberdeen Road bridge
Bridge no.: 33; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1886, rebuilt 1914, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rosemont/Airdale Avenue bridge
Bridge no.: 29 1/2; Miles from Philadelphia: 10.9; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1892, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Ardmore/Anderson Avenue bridge
Bridge no.: 25; Miles from Philadelphia: 8.5; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1888, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Bear Road bridge
Bridge no.: 39; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1886, 1891, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Bowman Avenue bridge
Location: 1865' W. of Merion Bridges 22 and 23; Type of bridge: overhead bridge, 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1891, rebuilt in 1901; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Cassatt Avenue bridge
Location: 381' west of Berwyn - Bridges 37 and 38; 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, Date of erection or renewal: circa 1880, rebuilt September 1898; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Church Road bridge
Location: 1737' E. of Ardmore - Bridges 24 and 25; 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, Date of erection or renewal: prior to 1880; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
County Line Road bridge
Bridge no.: 30; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1889, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Glen Road bridge
Bridge no.: 38; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1891, rebuilt 1914, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Gordon Avenue bridge
Bridge no.: 28; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1889, rebuilt 1914, This is likely the bridge on what is currently known as Haverford Station Rd., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Gulf Road bridge
Bridge no.: 35; Miles from Philadelphia: 15.5; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1887, This is likely the bridge on what is currently known as Old Eagle School Road., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Haverford Avenue bridge
Bridge no.: 27; Miles from Philadelphia: 9.2; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1899, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
King of Prussia Road bridge
Bridge no.: 31; Miles from Philadelphia: 13.1; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1901, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lancaster Avenue bridge
Location: 1225' west of Berwyn - Bridges 37 and 38; Type of bridge: overhead bridge, 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, Date of erection or renewal: circa 1880, rebuilt September 1898, rebuilt 1958; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by Lancaster Avenue Improvement Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lancaster Pike bridge
Bridge no.: 36; Miles from Philadelphia: 16.1; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1889, This is likely the bridge on what is currently known as Old Lancaster Road., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lancaster Pike bridge
Bridge no.: 37; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1886, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lehigh Ave bridge
Bridge no.: 26; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1889, rebuilt 1914, This is likely the bridge on what is currently known as Woodside Road., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Merion Ave. bridge (looking east)
Location: 1205' west of Bryn Mawr - Bridges 28 and 29; Type of bridge: overhead bridge, 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1869, rebuilt 1881, 1899, 1910; Remarks: built and maintained by P.R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Merion Avenue bridge (looking west)
Location: 1205' west of Bryn Mawr - Bridges 28 and 29; Type of bridge: overhead bridge, 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1869, rebuilt 1881, 1899, 1910; Remarks: built and maintained by P.R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Morris Avenue bridge
Bridge no.: 28 1/2; Miles from Philadelphia: 10.2; Class of bridge: 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1900, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Narberth Avenue bridge
Location: 245' east of Narberth - Bridges 22 and 23; 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, Date of erection or renewal: rebuilt 1897; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
New Lancaster Pike bridge
Bridge no.: 35 1/2; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1899, This is likely the bridge on what is currently known as Conestoga Road., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Old Eagle Road bridge
Location: 2287' west of Wayne - Bridges 34 and 35; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1899; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches are not maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Overbrook Station bridge
Location: 69' west of Overbrook; 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, Date of erection or renewal: 1887, rebuilt 1904, removed and rebuilt in 1935; Remarks: built and maintained by R.R. Co. Approaches maintained by P.R.R. Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Overbrook Stream bridge
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, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Philadelphia Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Main Line bridge photographs (Accession DA.PRR.2012.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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