Girder Bridge Question

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Fri Jul 19 17:25:22 EDT 2013

In the O. Winston Link books, steel overpasses appear to be painted silver
with black lettering, "NORFOLK AND WESTERN." Some such examples are still
visible in Pennsylvania, one across the river from Pittsburgh on Highway 51
(former Wabash trackage), and one visible from Interstate 70 near Belle
Vernon, PA.

J. Kelling

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM, NW Mailing List
<nw-mailing-list at>wrote:



> During the 1960s and 1970s, what color were the N&W girder bridges that

> were used to overpass a US or state highway ?


> Was the Norfolk and Western name painted on the sides ?

> Paul:

> I don't believe it spread to a system-wide experiment, but on the

> Pittsburgh Division, N&W greased,

> rather than painted bridges. The bridges had been painted black and I

> suspect any identification

> to N&W was obliterated when sprayed. Just west of Rook Yard (Pittsburgh)

> was the Whiskey Run

> viaduct over the thruway to the airport. As the bridge heated from the

> summer sun rays, the grease

> would drip onto the highway causing vehicles to spin out of control and

> crash. Harry Bundy





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