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Builders Plate

COATESVILLE VIADUCT, Built 1903'

Pennsylvania Railroad 
Coatesville Bridge, built 1903’

The Pennsylvania Railroad Crossed Brandywine Creek at
Coatesville, PA.
During the early 1800’s, this area was
focused on Iron smelting and during the later part of the
1800’s steel making. Several open hearth furnaces and
rolling mills were located in this heavily industrialized area. 
 

The Coatesville bridge supercedes several previous bridge designs of Wood, Iron. The last effort, an
impressive two track steel deck bridge, was not capable of supporting the increases in traffic and
tain weights.   

The deck design was replaced as the
Pennsylvania
Railraod management pressed forward with line
improvements. 
The completion of the four track "BROADWAY" mainline from Piladelphia westward to Harrisburg, PA eased the traffic bottlneck in this area. 

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ARches Vary from Large approach Arch to smaller Arches

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The Coatesville Bridge is a Massive structure dwarfing the surrounding landscape. Once, line electrification was completed  from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, PA the bridge was the domain of magnificent PRR  GG-1s. The GG-1s have been replaced with designs such as AMTRAK  AEM-7  "Toasters".

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Completed, the prototype bridge measures, as it stands today. 
  • Length: 1,287 feet including approach walls.
  • 52 Feet wide
  • 90 feet from base to railhead
  • Large arches, 88 Feet diameter
  • Small arches, 70 feet diameter 

PRR Coatesville Bridge, Circa 1903'
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Massive Model prior to be overhead wire installation

Model will be a Focal Point on this layout!

My design is faithful regarding height and width and inner arch stonework . The length can be increased or decreased to suit the space you have available. This will be a key focal point on your layout! The stonework is striking!  I have visited this bridge several times over the years taking photos and measurements. This is a massive design and dwarfs major industries in the surrounding valley. Certainly worth a visit to the area for a closer look!

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