Bridge - Pennsylvania Railroad

Route 75
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This photo shows workers during the construction phase of the railroad bridge at Port Royal in 1909-10.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/5/09 - Image Year: 1909

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The railroad bridge was constructed in 1909-10 as a means of crossing the four main lines of the Middle Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Prior to the completion of the bridge, traffic was required to cross the tracks at a Milford Street Crossing. The Railroad Bridge eliminated the risk of a collision between vehicular and train traffic. The bridge came as motorized vehicles were becoming very popular and the protection against accidents was very much in demand.

This railroad bridge didn't connect directly to the Juniata River Bridge until the current steel structure was build in 1937. From 1910 until 1937, traffic would enter the railroad bridge from Market Street, proceed down to First (Water) Street and then enter the covered bridge to cross the river. This traffic pattern was altered significantly with the construction of the current river bridge in 1937.

Because of the direct link between the two, it may be common for people to think of the two bridges as a single unit, but their history suggests otherwise.

If you copy and insert the address below into your browser you can see an AMTRACK train go under the railroad bridge and proceed north toward Mifflin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNWYJC8HF-E&feature=related

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Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/5/09 - Image Year: 1910
This photo shows construction workers at the site of the Port Royal Railroad Bridge. The photo may have been taken just as the work was completed or they may have been working on the station. Although the bridge could not have been open long when the picture was taken, the soot from the coal fired steam engines had already left its marks on the bridge. The Milford St. crossing of the tracks is in the foreground of the picture.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/11/09 - Image Year: 1911
This picture was taken at the same time as the previous picture but from a different direction. It shows the Milford St. crossing over the tracks still in place despite the completion of the railroad bridge. Everyone crossing the old wooden bridge over the Juniata River had to go in front of the Pomeroy houses, get the “okay” from the railroad watchman on duty, and pass directly over the tracks at the Milford Street crossing. (The other crossings were at Main and Market Sts.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/5/09 - Image Year: 1912
This picture shows the railroad bridge after its completion in 1910. It appears that the street had not yet received an asphalt surface. Upon completion of the bridge, the following notice apeared: A rule was granted on the Supervisors of Roads of Milford Twp. to show cause why Milford Street, on the north line of Port Royal Borough, should not be vacated and closed to public traffic travel where it crosses the Penna. RR, an overhead bridge having been built at Market St. (2-16-1911)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/2/13 - Image Year: 1920
VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM THE BRIDGE: This photo shows a view of the PRR tracks looking north from atop the Railroad Bridge. Hotel Royal is on the far left, with Wisehaupt & Sons Grain Mill is in the center left. The Milford Street Crossing for vehicles has been removed and the crossing now is limited to pedestrian traffic. A portion of the Tuscarora House is visible on the right. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor
Contributed by rkohler3 on 2/27/13 - Image Year: 1920
VIEW LOOKING NORTH FROM THE BRIDGE: This photo shows a view of the PRR tracks looking north from atop the Railroad Bridge. The Wisehaupt & Sons Grain Mill is in the foreground. The Milford Street Crossing for vehicles has been removed and the crossing now is limited to pedestrian traffic. It appears that someone is ready to load or unload a parcel near the Port Royal station. The corner of the roof of the station is visible on the left side of the photo. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/18/09 - Image Year: 1914
VIEW LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE BRIDGE: This Morrow post card was taken from the Railroad Bridge looking south as a westbound PRR freight train approaches Port Royal. The white pillar in the lower left is a cast iron PRR milepost and this one is MP 151 – 151 miles west of the old PRR Broad Street station in Philadelphia. (Photo submitted by Professor George N. Pierson.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/5/09 - Image Year: 1915
This photo was taken from near the Hotel Royal on Second Street. From the size of the trees, it appears that the bridge had not been completed more than a few years earlier. Directly behind the bridge is a building that at the time housed the A&P Grocery Store. The stairs in the picture lead from the bridge to the PRR station. The corner of the station roof is visible in the very left of the photo.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/5/09 - Image Year: 1936
This photo clearly illustrates the convoluted path that traffic had to follow to get across the Juniata River after the Railroad Bridge was opened and before the covered river bridge was washed away by the 1936 Flood. The water had receded some by the time the photo was taken. At its height the houses on Water Street were partially under water as can be seen in one of the Pomeroy Houses photos.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 5/9/10 - Image Year: 1959
This is an August 1959 photo of the bridge. The weeds near the station suggest that it was no longer in use. It looks like the westbound passenger shelter has been torn down. Trains no longer stopped at Port Royal after the early 1950's. (Photo by Paul Wilson, from PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD FACILITIES IN COLOR: VOL. 8, by Robert J. Yanosey (Morning Sun Books: 2010); used by permission of the publisher.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/18/09 - Image Year: 1985
This photo was taken looking southeast as a CONRAIL freight train headed westbound under the Railroad Bridge in Port Royal. The PRR tracks were reduced from four to three around 1955. When this photo was taken in 1985, the former #1 eastbound track was in the process of being removed. The signal at the right is “1511E,” meaning 151.1 miles west of the long-gone PRR Broad St. Station in Philadelphia; the “E” stands for “eastbound.” (Submitted by Professor George N. Pierson.)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/18/09 - Image Year: 1985
Same train as the previous photo, looking north from Port Royal. It is unusual to see 8 diesel locomotives (all from GE) on the same train. The building at the far left is the former Wisehaupt grain elevator, then part of the Annlick Farm Supply complex. The siding just to the right served the former grain elevator and the former PRR freight house just beyond it. The red derail clamped to one rail, indicates that this former #1 eastbound track is out of service and soon to be removed.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/30/09 - Image Year: 2005
Train heading west goes under the bridge at night.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/11/09 - Image Year: 2008
Train goes under the Port Royal Railroad Bridge. The 1910 date is clearly legible on the bridge surface.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/5/09 - Image Year: 2009
This photo was taken in the Spring of 2009 and shows the entrance to the Railroad Bridge from the base of Market Street.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 11/17/12 - Image Year: 2009
Norfolk Southern NS 9704, 7573 train passes under the railroad bridge at Port Royal PA, Oct 2009.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/9/09 - Image Year: 2009
A school bus crosses the Railroad Bridge in the Spring of 2009. This picture was taken from Main Street where it abuts the railroad property.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 7/21/11 - Image Year: 2010
The Railroad Bridge as it appeared in the Winter of 2010.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/3/13 - Image Year: 1950
RAILROAD BRIDGE RAMP: Road from the Railroad Bridge to First (Water) Street. A coal train is passing by the station. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/19/17 - Image Year: 2000
ARIAL VIEW: This view shows the Railroad Bridge Ramp that connects the bridge with First (Water) Street. Believe that the photo was taken before the ramp was reconditioned.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 8/26/11 - Image Year: 2011
RAILROAD BRIDGE RAMP: Work has begun on remaking the hill that leads from the bridge to First "Water" Street. It appears that the incline to the bridge will not be as steep as the previous incline that was created when the bridge was constructed in 1910.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 7/1/12 - Image Year: 2012
RAILROAD BRIDGE RAMP: Work progresses on remaking the hill that leads from the bridge to First "Water" Street. It appears that the ramp to the bridge will be wider and to the right of the previous incline that was created when the bridge was constructed in 1910. (Photo submitted by Jonathan Wert)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 7/2/12 - Image Year: 2012
RAILROAD BRIDGE RAMP: Work progresses on remaking the hill that leads from the bridge to First "Water" Street. (Photo submitted by Jonathan Wert)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 12/27/16 - Image Year: 2016
RAILROAD BRIDGE RAMP: Work completed on remaking the ramp that leads from the bridge to First "Water" Street. Photo taken from the area of the former Hotel Royal. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)



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