Friday, July 14, 2017

CSX+NS/Monongahela 1910s Bridge over Monongahela River near Brownsville, PA

(Bridge Hunter, no Historic Bridges, Street View (you can zoom in with a scroll wheel))

Mark Hinsdale posted
"Mighty Monongahela"
The Monongahela Railway was a coal hauler in extreme Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia. Owned one third each by the Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie and Baltimore & Ohio Railroads, it became renowned in railfan circles for acquiring and operating the last active Baldwin "Sharknose" locomotives from P&LE parent New York Central in the early 70's and again later on for its purchase of 11 General Electric B23-7R's, nicknamed "Super 7's.". A busy carrier, with some of Pennsylvania's highest output coal mines located on its routes, it was folded into Conrail in 1993 and its tonnage today is split between Conrail successors Norfolk Southern and CSX.
Two "Super 7's" lead empties across Conrail's Monongahela River Bridge and around toward the CR yard at West Brownsville PA... 10-90
Photo from HAER PA,63-BROVW,1--2 from PA3769

Pennsylvania Railroad, West Brownsville Junction Bridge, Spanning Monongahela River, north of U.S. Route 40 Bridge, West Brownsville, Washington County, PA

The cut-stone piers still appear to be original: south side, north side. Did the current bridge replace an earlier bridge to provide a wider and taller navigation channel?

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