The eastbound train was running late, thus arrival in Pittsburgh was after sunrise. These pix are views I seldom get to see eastbound, and never get Westbound due to the scheduled Pittsburgh arrival, always near midnight. Being on the train gives a wonderful view of The Bridges of Pittsburgh (which is surrounded by water on two sides, thus the need for many bridges...)
Of particular interest are the three bridges shown in the following picture. Per Wikipedia,The Three Sisters are three very similar self-anchored suspension bridges spanning the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, at 6th, 7th, and 9th streets, generally running north/south. The bridges have been given formal names to honor important Pittsburgh residents:
6th St: for Roberto Clemente
7th St: for Andy Warhol
9th St: for Rachel Carson
Designed by the Allegheny County Department of Public Works, they were all built in a four-year period, from 1924 to 1928, by the American Bridge Company, replacing earlier bridges of various designs at the same sites. Their construction was mandated by the War Department, citing navigable river clearance concerns. They are constructed of steel, and use steel eyebars in lieu of cables.
The Three Sisters are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans, built in the United States. They are among the only surviving examples of large eyebar chain suspension bridges in America, and furthermore, unusual for having been erected using cantilever methods.
Their color is aztek gold/yellow, chosen by city residents. Painted alike, they make a beautiful sight from the train....if it passes eastbound very late, and in sunlight!
Harpers Ferry, WV: a very historic place in our nation's history. From the train, this abandoned house just looks like any other dilapidated old house. However, this place is special...it's the former lock-keeper's house for lock 33 on the remains of the C & O canal, which is the ditch in front of it and on the other side of the road. I will now add "driving on the road in front of it" to my list of things to do...
Finally - AT LAST - I could remove my coat AND my sweater. Since I was on the way home, no skirt that day... :-( The temperature on the mainland side of the bay was near 60 degrees F. Warm again, the way it should be! Too bad my trip had to occur during the massive cold snap...oh, well - it is what it is!
I leave you with this beautiful sunset from my trip....yes, there was some sunny weather - cold but sunny. And I actually got to see a little of it!