Another "two within a couple of hours of each other" postings.
A PRR passenger train crosses the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh on the Panhandle Bridge. This bridge is used by the Pittsburgh Light Rail today.
|Ian Bowling commented on the above posting|
Here’s an older picture of the Panhandle Bridge
|Mark Hinsdale posted|
If Baltimore & Ohio's "Trailer Jets" between Chicago and Philadelphia were both on time in the late 70's and early 80's, they tended to meet each other in the Pittsburgh vicinity in early afternoon. Such is the case here, as the eastbound CPTT (Chicago-Philadelphia Trailer Train) roars east on the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie main line in Pittsburgh's West End. If you look closely, you can just make out the crewman on the rear platform of the caboose on westbound CHTT, the Chicago Trailer Train on the other main track. Conrail's impressive ex Pennsylvania Railroad Ohio River Connecting Bridge looms large in the background, with the broad Ohio River to the right. August, 1980 photo by Mark Hinsdale
[I think it is the Monongahela River on the right.]
Tim O'Malley Is this portion of the Panhandle now used by Norfolk Southern, or some other railroad?
Jimmy Braum Tim O'Malley PAT port Authority transit light rail.
Alexander Mitchell Last report is Panhandle is still closed as a precaution, however.
Lance Myers Seems to be a recurring problem.
Mark Hinsdale posted three photos with the comment:
To access Pennsylvania Station in Pittsburgh PA, Pennsylvania Railroad passenger trains to or from the "Panhandle" (serving Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and St. Louis) utilized a bridge across the Monongahela River situated between the Smithfield Street and Liberty Bridges. This "Panhandle Bridge" as it was known, was the route of key PRR trains, such as the "Spirit of St. Louis," the "Penn Texas" and the "Cincinnati Limited." As rail passenger service faded and Amtrak assumed most intercity operations, only Amtrak's "National Limited" continued to use the bridge on a regular basis. Conrail had no compelling freight need for the bridge, and also planned on the eventual downgrading of the "Panhandle" route west of Pittsburgh. The bridge was sold to the Port Authority of Allegheny County in the early 1980's and rebuilt for use by PAT's light rail system. It was quite rare by the time I worked in Pittsburgh (1979-80) to catch a move on the bridge, as the National Limited ran in the wee hours both ways, and was, itself, discontinued by Amtrak in 1979. However, the sporadic freight move still occurred if there was a derailment or maintenance curfew on Conrail's Monongahela Branch that ran along the south side of the river. That was the case here, as a couple of westbound trains used the bridge and waited at "MONON," the junction with the Mon Branch, for a signal to proceed west. It would only be a short time before Conrail terminated its use of "Panhandle Bridge." Today, PAT light rail vehicles cross it frequently. September, 1980 photos by Mark Hinsdale
Steven Schorr Was there a complete wye at the end of this bridge or did it only connect to the mon line northward?
Mark Hinsdale In the 2nd image, you can barely make out the trestle carrying the east eye in the distant background. It was used by commuter trains PRR once operated between Pittsburgh, Homestead and Brownsville.
Tom Umpleby Thank you for post; worked that line to Columbus and been across bridge on truck trains and empty grain trains like the one pictured.
Mark Hinsdale shared
Chris Osterhus Aside from a lack of traffic, the other issue that doomed the bridge, was the rather tight tunnel under downtown...and the station's reconfiguration in the early 1980s. Several tracks, including those used by the National Limited, were combined to make room for the parallel busway.