Suspension Bridge in Reading

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Suspension Bridge in Reading

Postby msernak » Fri Nov 24, 2006 6:35 pm

I have seen a lot of photos of the suspension bridge in Reading PA that went over the yards. Was this a pedestrian bridge? Does it still stand? Reminds me of the Brooklyn Bridge a bit.
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Postby NYSW3614 » Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:31 pm

Pedestrian bridge. Same architect as Brooklyn Bridge! Bridge has been gone for more then twenty years, was taken down by Conrail in a sneaky move. One tower remains in a local park.

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Postby nittany4 » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:21 am

anyone have any pics?

it's really sad the amount of railroad architecture that is foresaken, besides the actual rails

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I found pictures

Postby jrevans » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:06 am

I was searching http://memory.loc.gov for some old railroad maps, and I stumbled across the mentioned pedestrian bridge.

There is some info and you can see some pictures of it here:

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hhh.pa1782

It does have a brooklyn bridge style design in the towers.
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Postby glennk419 » Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:48 pm

Where is the reconstructed tower located? I haven't been to Reading in a while (too long) and did not know it had been preserved?
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Where's that tower?

Postby jrevans » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:14 am

glennk419 wrote:Where is the reconstructed tower located? I haven't been to Reading in a while (too long) and did not know it had been preserved?


Glenn, I have no idea. I'm not familiar with Reading and didn't even know about the bridge before this topic came up here.

I think that the article mentioned the bridge tower was in a park by the river. A quick glance at google maps only showed two parks by the river: Poplar Neck Park, and Angelica Park. Looking at the satellite photo in google maps sucked, since they have low-res footable of the area, but mapquest was much better. Making a guess, I suspect that the tower would be located in Poplar Neck Park, which can be seen here:


Big Mapquest Link

A quick google on "Poplar Neck Park" shows that it's actually built on a landfill and may be closed down now.

I think we need a Readling local person to tell us where the tower is now.
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Postby Tom Jacobs » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:11 pm

Here's how to get to the Swinging Bridge tower in Reading PA.
Coming from east or west, you want to be on Route 422 (the west shore bypass).
Take the exit for Penn STREET - Reading (NOT Penn AVENUE - West Reading). Once you take the exit, go over the bridge to the light. Turn right at the light on to 2nd street. Follow 2nd street all the way to the end, and turn left.
You will now be on Canal Street. Go under the bridge, past the Canal Street Pub (BIG Reading Hardware building will be on your left). The Heritage Park is in the small grassy area on the right, right past the pub. The Swinging Bridge tower is there.

Any questions, email me TomJacobs99@comcast.net. And feel free to visit my website, www.readinglayout.com

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Postby glennk419 » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:59 pm

Thanks Tom.

Like I said, it's been way too long since I paid a visit to Reading and vicinity. This may just be the excuse I was looking for (besides the new camera I got for my birthday). :wink:
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More pictures

Postby jrevans » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:26 am

I stumbled across some more pictures of this bridge today:

http://en.structurae.de/structures/data ... d=s0011000

http://www.bridgemeister.com/list.php?t ... nnsylvania
Scroll down to: 1887 Swinging where it has links to these pictures:

http://www.bridgemeister.com/pic.php?pid=1471
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http://www.bridgemeister.com/pic.php?pid=1884

as well as coordinates for the original and current location.


What a neat structure! Too bad it was removed from the original location.
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Postby wis bang » Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:04 pm

Any one wanting pictures of a similar bridge should look at the Delaware river bridge at Riegelsville, PA; it is a Robling bridge w/ similar structure...it used to have a wooden floor but the DRBC replaced it w/ steel grid...

It's one of (2) roebling bridges over the river, the other was the D & H canal bridge by Zane Grey's home.
Grandson of a LV Conductor & I remember the EL running behind the Univ. of Scranton [class of 76]
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