Thursday, December 6, 2018

WNYP/NS/Pennsy 1930 Bridge over Allegheny River in Oil City, PA

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; Bridge & TunnelsHAERSatellite)

WNYP = Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad (leased from Norfolk Southern)

This bridge carried Pennsy's mainline between Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Most of that line has been abandoned, but one of the original two tracks that were on this bridge is still used by the WNYP.

July 1971. AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE II, ERIE RAILWAY SURVEY. - Pennsylvania Railroad, Allegheny River Bridge, River Street vicinity, Oil City, Venango County, PA

[It is Pennsy's roundhouse. Erie was on the other side of the river. My understanding of the comments on the following posting is that the modern building on this side of the old building was part of the shops building. The modern part was retained and repurposed as the Oil City Warehouse Mall.] 
Ron Stafford posted
Another view of the roundhouse and wye at Oil City. If one looks closely, BRIDGE Interlocking tower can be seen in the center of the wye along the north bank of the river.
Alex Bessetti What year was the tower demolished?
Ron Stafford If your asking about BRIDGE tower, it was closed in 1971...not sure what year it was removed.
Raymond Storey shared
Matt Savage posted
Jim Kissane posted

Larry Fink commented on Jim's post
Photo of what looks like maybe a turntable over-run, into Sage Run, likely taken from the pedestrian bridge. Date unknown.

Jim Kissane posted
This is a still active Parker through truss bridge over the Allegheny River on Pennsylvania Railroad. Location Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania
Approximate latitude, longitude +41.42238, -79.69809 (decimal degrees)
41°25'21" N, 79°41'53" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates 17/608791/4586464 (zone/easting/northing)
Appears on USGS topographic map of Oil City
The yard and roundhouse are gone but the line is still active.
Jim Kissane To best of my knowledge the other is the Keddie Wye in CA (IndustrialHistory)
Robert Eisenman I'll see your Through Truss Wye Bridge and raise you an 8 span Through Truss Wye span with an active lift span as well. Fall Bridge at Wishram, Wa, gateway to the Oregon Trunk Sub. (IndustrialHistory)
Richard Kiester Rankin, PA. Out of service. (IndustrialHistory)
Jim Kissane Brian, the tracks to the right went to (and beyond) the former USS Imperial Works (Oilwell Supply division, closed many years ago.

Patches Croteau shared
[Joe Granger posted a couple of photos of the bridge between Houghton and Hancok, MI, which is another wye-on-the-river bridge.]

Rich Fleischer posted

Carl Venzke posted
Pennsylvania Railroad, Allegheny River Bridge, River Street vicinity, Oil City, Venango County, PA - photo by Jack Boucher c 1968
Rob Nichols Overheads show single tracked now with the line heading to the upper left now abandoned.
Rick Fleischer Just out of the picture, to the left, was the Pennsylvania Railroad's roundhouse at Oil City, Pa.

Jim Kissane posted
[The comments include questions and answers that are too detailed for me to pursue Since PA is way out of my territory of interest. I mention the existence in case others are interested.]
Joe Dunlap commented on Carl's posting
Still there.
[The satellite caught the river at a higher water level.]
George Ford Jr commented on Carl's posting
Francis Otterbein shared
Kim Hughes From what I've read Pittsburgh has the most bridges and Pennsylvania's right up there as a state. Beautiful picture thank you.
[Comments indicate that there used to be a double crossover when both tracks were intact. Someone wants to know how to model guard rails in a turnout on a bridge.]
Matt Marshall This side of oil city was the PRR, the Erie came up the other side of the river.
Thomas Jameson Hard fitting a railroad in those river valleys!

Dennis DeBruler commented on Francis' share
One advantage of roundhouses is that they leave a very distinctive land scar. Since railroads a reluctant to clean up their polluted ground, you can still see where many of the roundhouses stood.,-79.../data=!3m1!1e3
Matt Marshall The warehouse mall in the pic was part of the shops.

Chris Spear commented on Francis' share with a photo from RRPictureArchives of a steam engine coming off the bridge.

Larry Zetterlind posted

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