Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge

Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge

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Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge

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The Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge is a Howe deck truss structure which carries two tracks of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line across the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace and Perryville, Maryland.


The vicinity of the bridge has been in use as a river crossing for over 300 years. In 1695, the colonial General Assembly granted the first licenses to operate a toll ferry service between Perryville and what is now Havre de Grace. In 1837, railroad lines extending south from Wilmington, Delaware and north from Baltimore arrived at the riverbanks. For 29 years, including the duration of the American Civil War, a train ferry exchanged passengers (on foot) and freight cars between the two towns. Passenger cars could not be transported until the introduction of a larger ferryboat in 1854.

In 1866, the wooden, single track Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore railroad bridge was completed after 12 years of intermittent construction. Iron reinforcements were added between 1874 and 1880. In 1881, the Pennsylvania Railroad formally took control of the PW&B. Rival Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, cut off from access to the PW&B and its links to Philadelphia, was forced to construct a parallel route between Baltimore and Philadelphia, including the Perryville Railroad Bridge located about upstream. The present (1906) bridge was built immediately adjacent to the PW&B structure and completely replaced it.<ref...
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