Old Reading Railroad Bridge over the Susquehanna River

Built by The Phoenix Bridge Company, of Phoenixville, Pa in 1933/34, this bridge crosses the Susquehanna River between Rupert and Catawissa, it was used by the Reading Railroad. It consists of 9 thru truss spans with concrete deck work with ballast on top. On the Catawissa side the Reading tracks crossed the PRR tracks. 8 spans are 153' 6" long and 1 span is 156' 8" long.

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Rupert side - Entrance to the Bridge.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Catawissa side - Entrance to the Bridge. At this point the Reading crossed the Pennsylvania Railroad. Today the track are the Canadian Pacific Sunbury Line.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Middle of the bridge look towards the Catawissa side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Middle of the bridge look towards the Rupert side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Looking across the entire bridge.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Leaving the bridge on the Rupert Side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Service latter that leads to the peer
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Detail of the bridge structure.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Detail of the bridge structure.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Detail of the bridge structure.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Detail of the bridge structure.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Detail of the bridge structure.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Mount for the telegraph lines. You can still see the pegs for the insulators.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Mount for the telegraph lines. You can still see the pegs for the insulators.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


The bridge peers that you see extending out from the current bridge are form the original bridge.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


In this photo you can see where the original bridge peers and the current peers are joined.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


The bridge peers that you see extending out from the current bridge are form the original bridge.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


The bridge peers that you see extending out from the current bridge are form the original bridge.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Detail of where the trusses meet the peer.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Looking down the side of the bridge from the Catawissa side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


View from the Rupert side of the Susquehanna River.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


View from the Rupert side of the Susquehanna River
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


same photo as the previous one, just a B&W version.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Rupert side - Entrance to the Bridge
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)




This photo was taken in 1974 from the Rupert Side. In it you can see a Reading Caboose.
(Photo: Walt)


Abandoned Railroad Bridge
Crossing the Susquehanna River
Rupert, PA
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 3-10)





Railroad Viaduct at Rupert

This Concrete 17 Arche Viaduct leading to the steel bridge is located on the Rupert side adjacent to the Indian Head Campground.

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1911 engraved date on the middle of the Viaduct
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Another view of the arch with the 1911 date on it.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


You are no longer able to pass thru the arches like it was originally.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


Another view of the arches
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


This view is from the top of the railroad bed next to the Viaduct. The Reading built up the railroad bed up next to the viaduct.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


1906 photo of the Viaduct.
(Photo: Walt)


Old photo of the Viaduct.
(Photo: Walt)


1911 photo of the Viaduct.
(Photo: Historical Society)



Bridge Peers and Retaining Walls at Rupert

The bridge peers and retaining walls pictured below are along the North Shore Railroad's (old DLW Northumberland Line) line thru Rupert, PA. It was at this point that the Reading Railroad line, that crosses the Susquehanna River, crossed over the DL&W line from Northumberland and connected at the Rupert Interchange. The line is currently used by the North Shore Railroad.

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looking towards Rupert
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


looking towards the Narrows.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


This 1933 date within a diamond shape can be found on the end of the bridge peer for the bridge that crosses the old canal.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)



Truss Bridge over Fishing Creek at Rupert

This Thru Truss Bridge crosses Fishing Creek between Rupert and Bloomsburg, PA. The truss bridge was once used by the Reading Railroad but has been abandoned for years.

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Abandoned Truss Bride over Fishing Creek. Looking from the Bloomsburg Side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


Looking from the Bloomsburg Side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


Looking from the Rupert Side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


Looking from the Bloomsburg Side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


Looking from the Rupert Side.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-09)


Builders Plate
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


Builders Plate
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



Girder Bridge over Fishing Creek at Rupert

This Girder bridge cross Fishing Creek between Rupert and Bloomsburg. It is currently used by the North Shore Railroad.

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Bloomsburg side of the girder bridge with markings dating to the Erie Lackawanna Days
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


This bridge was once used by the Reading Railroad
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)



(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-11)


Looking across the bridge towards Bloomsburg.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-09)



Twin Bridges over Fort McClure Blvd

These two small bridges cross over Fort McClure Blvd. on the Bloomsburg side of Fishing Creek. One is abandoned, the other is used by the North Shore Railroad.

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Abandoned Bridge - looking in the direction of the Fair Grounds
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-09)


Abandoned Bridge - looking in the direction of the Susquehanna River
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-09)


Abandoned Bridge - looking across it from the railroad bed.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-09)


This bridge, the closest to the Covered Bridge, is still used by the North Shore Railroad.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 12-09)


North Shore freight train crossing over Fort McClure Blvd.
(Photo: Andrew Hoke 11-12)


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