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Reading Swinging Bridge Pictures 1 year 10 months ago #5995

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of the 8th street side stairs that went up to the swinging bridge at outer station? I found a picture of the outer station side stairs, but not the other side.

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Reading Swinging Bridge Pictures 1 year 10 months ago #5996

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A Bee Line of a couple of years ago has an article of that part of the yard, which shows those steps. I have yet to find that issue.
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Reading Swinging Bridge Pictures 1 year 10 months ago #5997

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I found an aerial view shot of the yard in a beeline issue. It was the one about the spring street wreck. You can make out what steps are on the other side in that shot. Looks like just steel steps, nothing big actually. It just goes onto a dirt mound haha.
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Reading Swinging Bridge Pictures 1 year 10 months ago #5998

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Which issue is this in? The photo I recall was from an earlier time when several company buildings, offices, boarding house were located in the immediate area of the bridge's 8th Street end.
Having spent many summer days and Saturdays hanging out at the Outer Station in the late 50s through the time the second floor offices were moved elsewhere, it still had a fair amount of "rush hour" traffic of people going between home and work. The barricading of the platform stairway was disheartening.
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Reading Swinging Bridge Pictures 1 year 10 months ago #6000

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It was in the issue Pike Street Stories. The image is on both pages 46 and 47. I'll have to see if I can upload the picture.

Nick
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