I have had the pleasure of designing, building and decorating many
notable bridges in my "Bridges of the Pennsylvania Railroad" series. Most of my subject bridges are still operational
as of 2007.
They continue to play a vital role in the economy of the region and have carried the commerce
of our nation for well over a century. Countless trains of goods, materials and passengers have passed over most
of the Icons of the Rail without a second glance.
My model replicates the current
prototype Falls Bridge. During the mid 1800s the READING was a prosperous railroad. Increased
traffic and train weights necessitiated Reading management upgrade their mainline between Philadelphia and Harrisburg,PA.
This upgrade included a more robust stone multiple arch viaduct crossing the Schuylkill River, built in 1855', replacing previous
designs of wood and iron. As of 2006, the prototype bridge continues to see daily
use as part of NS - Norfolk Southern System.
"FALLS BRIDGE", Circa 1855'
The word Schuylkill, which
has its origins as "schuyl kil" from the Dutch, means "hidden creek." Arendt Corssen, who explored the
area for the Dutch East Indies Company, named it so because, as he saw it from the Delaware, the river was nearly hidden by
|Crossing the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA
I would recommend a visit to this location.
There is a nice paved walk along the River