Philadelphia, PA - The Historic Trestle Bridge in Downingtown, PA, is an abandoned structure that you should visit when visiting this area. This dramatic structure was once a 1,450-foot bridge that spans the Brandywine River.
Chester County's Historic Trestle Train Bridge
Getting there: To reach the historic trestle bridge, take the Downingtown Trail. The trail starts at the M. John Johnson Nature Center on Skelp Level Road, but the trail continues eastward into the township. It offers ample parking and a quaint barn-like kiosk. Once you're on the trail, you'll be able to enjoy the trestle and its enchanting surroundings.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company built the historic Trestle Bridge between 1903 and 1906. The bridge was part of the Philadelphia & Thorndale Branch of the railroad. Today, the bridge is owned by Norfolk Southern. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. Still, a recent study by the Chester County Planning Commission has found it could be incorporated into the Chester Valley Trail. It also has a unique history.