1000 Words: Serenity Over The Susquehanna

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The Philadelphia & Reading (a.k.a. The Reading Railroad) concrete arch bridge spanning the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pa. is one of the most distinguishing features of the city. Built in 1891 by the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Railroad and then acquired by the Reading, the bridge was reconstructed from 1920 to 1924 by replacing the trusses with concrete arches one track at a time. And although not as popular in folklore, the bridge has fifty-one concrete arches, three more than the nearby Rockville Bridge.

When it was acquired by the Reading it was to connect its Harrisburg and Lurgan lines. In 1976 it became the property of Conrail and today it carries Norfolk Southern trains between Cumberland County and Harrisburg. Around 2012 it became part of the NS Crescent Corridor with much of the traffic being intermodal, just like train resting on it today under a dismal yet endearing sky.

In a few more minutes this train will move onto its destination (probably Rutherford Yard) but for now it just sits making for a modern day iconic photo in a Richard Steinheimer or an Ansel Adams kind of way.

Serenity Over The Susquehanna

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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