Sunday, July 17, 2011
George Westinghouse Bridge Etching
The railroad beneath the right arch is the PRR mainline at milepost 341.3. The view is looking west.
Railroad in the foreground under the left arch is the Port Perry Branch. The through truss bridge on the right of the frame formed by the left arch is the Union Railroad crossing the PRR mainline. The stacks in the distance are of the Edgar Thomson steel mill.
Andrew Carnegie arranged financing for the steel mill with the assistance of then PRR President, J. Edgar Thomson. Allegedly, when Thomson learned that the mill would be served also by the competing Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as well, Carnegie named the mill for Thomson in an effort to smooth ruffled feathers.