Railroad Bridges of Southwestern Pennsylvania


AS MY NORTHBOUND PLANE TO Pittsburgh broke through the clouds, before me spread a visual panorama that truly reflected Pittsburgh’s reputation as the “City of Bridges.” Crossing the Monongahela River near Rankin … banking to follow the Allegheny parallel to the Golden Triangle…passing the Point … crossing the Ohio near McKees Rocks … the flight provided a view of most of the bridges within or nearby the city limits. There were the familiar spans: the Rankin, “Homestead Grays,” Birmingham, “Three Sisters,” Point, and other highway bridges. But what about the many anonymous non-highway structures? They were, of course, railroad bridges, paramount factors in the commerce of the region.

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