Location / Name:
Havre de Grace MD, Harford County
The southern end of CSX's and Amtrak's bridges crossing the Susquehanna River
Old PB&W bridge piers
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Access by train/transit:
MARC, across the river in Perryville (doesn't really count tho)
Havre de Grace MD sits on the southern shore of the Susquehanna River,
across from Perryville MD. It is a quiet little "resort" town, and has
many historical things and restaurants to keep you busy. During the warm
weather, many of the eateries have a deck you can eat outside on, and many have
a great view of the Amtrak bridge spanning the Susquehanna! If you are a
buyer of railroad postcards, EBay seller baysideantiques_02 has her store
The NE Corridor squeezes down from four tracks to two in order to cross the Susquehanna
River between Perryville and Havre de Grace on both sides of the river. Great
shots of traffic over the bridge can be had from both shores of the river.
The old stone bridge piers for the bridge that preceded the current
Pennsy/Amtrak bridge can be easily seen, and included into pictures if you
position yourself in the right spot.
Note: Both I-95 AND RT 40 have now gone to cashless tolls, meaning you need
one of them EZ PASS thingys in your car. If you don't have one, they will bill you at
something like 10 bucks... you've been forewarned :-) :-) See
Railpace Magazine, the July 2021 issue has a story about the Amtrak bridge
Gary Pancavage, via Railpace
The current bridge was built in 1908 by the Baltimore & Philadelphia RR, replacing a single track
timber bridge. However, a train derailment wiped out one span, and they
had to detour trains over the "PRR" till 1910. The new bridge was two
tracks, but was subsequently reduced to a single track bridge.
Catching something on the bridge requires a bit of patience, as traffic on CSX
is far less than over on the Amtrak bridge - Wikipedia has (as of 2006)
about 24 trains running over the bridge every day.
Shot from the Rt 40 Susquehanna bridge.
An old print of the first bridge to span the Susquehanna at this location, date unknown.
Amtrak's Susquehanna River Bridge
From Wikipedia: In 1866, after 12 years of intermittent construction, the Philadelphia,
Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad (PW&B) completed a wooden single-track railroad bridge.
Iron reinforcements were added between 1874 and 1880. In 1881, when the Pennsylvania Railroad
(PRR) formally took control of the PW&B, it cut rival Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's access to
the PW&B. The B&O was forced to construct a parallel route between Baltimore and Philadelphia,
including a new bridge about 1 mile (1.6 km) upstream.
In 1904-06, the PRR replaced the PW&B crossing with a new bridge just a few yards upstream.
Opened on May 29, 1906, it includes a center swing span to increase vertical clearance for
water traffic from the nominal 52 feet (15.8 m). In 1934, the PRR began installing catenary
on the span to help extend 11,000-volt electrification south from Wilmington to Washington D.C.
Regular electrified passenger service across the bridge began on February 10, 1935.
Ownership of the bridge passed to Amtrak in 1976 when it acquired much of the Northeast
Corridor infrastructure. end Wiki
From Railpace: The history of this magnificent span dates back to the mid-1860s
when the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore RR built a single-track wooden
bridge at this same location. Iron reinforcements were added shortly thereafter,
and the stone piers that supported the original structure still remain today. When
the Pennsylvania Railroad took control of the PW&B, a new span several yards upstream
was built between 1904 and 1906. Catenary was installed in 1934 as part of the
expansion of PRR’s massive main line electrification south to Washington DC,
and regular electrified passenger service began in February 1935. Ownership of
the bridge remained with PRR, then transferred to Penn Central in 1968, before
it was passed on to Amtrak in 1976. end RP
These pictures were taken from the deck of the Tidewater Grill on the water.
Both the Tidewater Grill and McGregor's have great food, and fairly reasonable
From Railpace, Gary Pancavage photo
The Amtrak bridge from the end of Green St, a couple of blocks over from the restaurants.
If you go to the Youtube page for the video of the bridge opening, and look at
the comments, here is one fellow who really doesn't like this bridge. I'm
not quite sure tho, how a newer more modern bridge would allow the local economy
grow? And how is the bridge unreliable or dangerous? Maybe he would like to donate
some money to the new bridge fund - you know - put your money where your mouth
is kinda thing :-) Sheesh:
As mentioned below.... In 1866, after 12 years of intermittent construction,
the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad (PW&B) completed a wooden
single-track railroad bridge. Iron reinforcements were added between 1874 and 1880.
Terry Redeker, 2018
On Juniata St, there are a couple of vintage crossing gate mechanisms....
I wonder how they managed to escape into this day and age?
This rather plain looking bridge was completed in 1963. It originally had
lighting on it, in the form of downward looking fluorescent tubes - they
disappeared sometime in the mid 70's.
From Wikipedia: The bridge is named for Millard Tydings (1890–1961), a
longtime political figure in Maryland who served as U.S. Senator from 1927 to 1951.
It was built between January 1962 and November 1963 between bluffs high above the
river valley, and is posted with warning signs "Subject to Crosswinds." It was
dedicated, along with the highway it carries, by U.S. president John F. Kennedy on
November 14, eight days before he was assassinated in Dallas TX. The next year,
the highway was renamed the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway.
The toll, levied on northbound traffic only, is $8.00 for two-axle vehicles as of
July 1, 2013; larger vehicles pay another $8 per additional axle. In March 2020,
the remaining toll collectors were replaced with electronic tolling because of
the COVID-19 pandemic, with tolls payable through E-ZPass or Video Tolling,
which uses automatic license plate recognition. All-electronic tolling was
made permanent in August 2020. (As of 2022, there is hardly any evidence
of any toll booths being around).
The design is of Steel Truss – Deck type. The bridge is 5,061 ft (1,542.6
metres) long, 82ft (25 metres) wide, and has a mean clearance of 90ft (27.4 metres)
to the water surface below. End Wiki. It carries 6 lanes of
traffic, three in each direction.
The tollbooth on the NB side, that is longer with us.....
LED "Tri-Light" Signals. These signals have been using LEDs for maybe 12-13
years (as of 2022), and I first noticed them on a MARC ride to Perryville, maybe sometime
around 2010. Just south of here, there is another set of LED "tri-light"
signals for NB traffic in the next set, controlling the squeeze from 4 to 2 tracks.
Please Note: Professional signal maintainers DO NOT use the term "tri-light",
they call them colorlights or by the model, such as type "G".
NB Amtrak NEC Trilights
This is the second of two locations around here that uses LED's for lighting the signals. A
little further up in Wilmington DE, they have several signal heads with LED's in
them, and a couple of the pedestals mounted overhead on a signal bridge have a
couple of the lamp positions using lunar LED's. When I first saw these
lights around 2006, the only other place I
had seen LED's in use was in Houston TX at Pierce Junction - now they are
common all over the place, especially on the Corridor north of New Haven CT, and
on NJ Transit "Reading" lines.
CSX CPL's at Ontario Road - The Old Signals
In Havre de Grace, at Havre de Grace, the
CSX crosses at Ontario Road. CSX started putting in the colorlights around
2007, but as of late August 2009, still had not cut over to them.
Coming down off the hill where the crossing is, you have a pretty good view of
the NEC bridge over the Susquehanna.
Susquehanna Hose Company Division 1
GPS Coordinates: 39.55146, -76.09670
451 N. Juniata St
Susquehanna Hose Company Division 2
GPS Coordinates: 39.5222, -76.0222
125 N. Union Ave
Susquehanna Hose Company Division 3
GPS Coordinates: 39.54527, -76.08764
301 Market St
Susquehanna Hose Company Division 4
GPS Coordinates: 39.54322, -76.10008
911 Revolution St
Susquehanna Hose Company Division 5
GPS Coordinates: 39.55233, -76.11935
1542 Chapel Rd
Ontario Rd, coming out of Havre de Grace - it crosses CSX (in one of the very
few grade crossings around), turns into Chapel Rd as it continues west.
Level Volunteer Fire Company
GPS Coordinates: 39.58005, -76.19361
3633 Level Village Rd
Havre de Grace Police Department
GPS Coordinates: 39.54892, -76.09654
715 Pennington Ave, Havre De Grace MD 21078
Maryland State Police - Barrack M
GPS Coordinates: 39.58712, -76.07722
I-95, Perryville MD, between the Susquehanna River and the Perryville exit
Only accessible via the SB side of I-95
This is the closest state police barracks to Havre de Grace
It is rare for me to feature commercial enterprises on my website,
for obvious reasons. However, being mechanical in nature (besides
anything electronic), I was SO impressed with this art gallery, that I
couldn't help myself. The work that Mike does is nothing short of
fantastic, you gotta stop in and check it out!
The Havre de Grace Lighthouse
The Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace.
Around Town and Other Stuff
These are all over town, but most locations have a brass marker with a number.
Under Amtrak's NE Corridor bridge, at the corner of Ostego and Union.
looking off the deck at the Tidewater Grill towards the junction of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna.
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