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Date: 08/10/19 05:21
Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: JPB

Looks like this was a small fire but potentially could have been a disaster for CSX!

From the Baltimore Sun:
https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/cng-ag-csx-bridge-fire-20190809-uvb4ujwldvbmrkukwedtyylcx4-story.html



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/10/19 05:22 by JPB.



Date: 08/10/19 06:41
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: Lackawanna484

Not many good alternatives unless they cut a deal with Amtrak



Date: 08/10/19 08:49
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: Tominde

Operations were back to normal.   Love that picture with the fireboat shooting water.  They said a "mini pumper" was first on the scene.  I picture an ATV type vehicle.  I sre would not want to be the fire fighter who walks out there.  My knees get weak just think about that. 



Date: 08/10/19 09:06
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: boejoe

Newspaper photo suggests the bridge was wide enough for double tracks.  Was it so when constructed?



Date: 08/10/19 09:14
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: eastpenn23

boejoe Wrote:
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> Newspaper photo suggests the bridge was wide
> enough for double tracks.  Was it so when
> constructed?

Constructed as 1 track, expanded to 2, now back to 1

Posted from iPhone



Date: 08/10/19 09:43
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: warren1977

Tominde Wrote:
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> Operations were back to normal.   Love that
> picture with the fireboat shooting water.  They
> said a "mini pumper" was first on the scene.  I
> picture an ATV type vehicle.  I sre would not
> want to be the fire fighter who walks out there. 
> My knees get weak just think about that. 

Susquehanna Hose Co. of Havre De Grace photos
Note: a mini-pumper is a small pumper mounted on a 4x4 pickup truck or similar light truck chassis, it went to the end of the bridge, not on the bridge.








Date: 08/10/19 09:48
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: PRR_4859

Construction completed around 1910. Very old for the traffic it handles.



Date: 08/10/19 10:12
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: Lackawanna484

Great photos. The fireboat must have quite a pump to lift that water.



Date: 08/10/19 11:51
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: ClubCar

boejoe Wrote:
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> Newspaper photo suggests the bridge was wide
> enough for double tracks.  Was it so when
> constructed?
This bridge used to carry many passenger trains across it up until 1958 when the B&O Royal Blue was discontinued up to New Jersey across from New York.  I have personally ridden over this bridge many times, mostly on excursion trains including the Chessie Steam Special with ex-Reading 2101, the Chessie Steam Safety Express with ex-C&O 614, and various other diesel pulled excursion trips.  It's a great view of the mighty Susquehanna River from high up on that bridge.
John in White Marsh, Maryland



Date: 08/10/19 11:55
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: warren1977

Lackawanna484 Wrote:
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> Great photos. The fireboat must have quite a pump
> to lift that water.

1500 GPM (gallon-per-minute) fire pump, same size as a land fire engine.
The 2 water cannons (monitors) can put out 1,250 gpm apiece at full output.




Date: 08/10/19 12:21
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: Lackawanna484

Thank you.  Great pictures



Date: 08/10/19 13:02
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: coach

Great to see their fireboat in action--they saved the day!



Date: 08/11/19 13:56
Re: Fire on CSX bridge over Susquehanna River
Author: Theowhitey

ClubCar Wrote:
> It's a great view of the mighty Susquehanna River from high up on that bridge.
> John in White Marsh, Maryland

Rails are about 90 ft above the mean river level, if I recall correctly.
/Ted
 



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