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CSX - Appalachian Trail Bridges at Harpers Ferry, WV

Potomac River Railroad Bridge

Two bridges across the river at Harpers Ferry are operated by the CSX Corporation. The more recent bridge is a deck plate girder bridge dating to 1930. The older Y-shaped bridge is a steel truss dating to 1893, part of the B&O Mainline and used as a crossing for the Appalahcian Trail. A nearby tunnel was constructed at the same time throuh the Maryland Heights to avoid creating a sharp curve. The B&O Railroad Potomac River crossings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The railroad bridge was severely damagaed in 2019 by a train derailment. It was closed to pedestrian traffic and forced the creation of a detour on the Appalachian Trail. The bridge was reopened to trail traffic in July 2020.

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