Several weeks ago on Saturday I made a trip to Construction Junction in Homewood to donate two surplus light fixtures to this resale store. Having heard that Pittsburgh plans to replace the Negley Avenue bridge in 2016, I also wanted to get some photos of it before it was gone. We want this bridge to be a signature scene on the PML layout, so it is important to get it right. My trip turned into an all afternoon adventure, hence this blog post.
Here is a side view of the 110 foot long Negley Avenue bridge taken from the East Busway, which passes below the bridge. Two tracks of the Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Division pass through as well. According to an article from the 2/2/2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this bridge was built in 1924 and is rated "structurally deficient." It is scheduled for replacement in 2018 at a cost of $6.2 million.
I turned my attention to what the background looks like to help plan our layout backdrop. This street view image from Google Earth (on the left) shows that apartment buildings dominate the area. I also recently learned about the birds eye feature in Google Maps, which gave me the view on the right. The Carlyle Arms Apartments are on the left and the Kenilworth Apartments on the right. These would make perfect background building flats.
I decided to try photographing the Carlyle Arms building from the opposite side of Centre Avenue. Not surprisingly, it was too large to get in one frame, so I took a shot of each end.
Inspired by my apartment building photos, I took a few more of possible candidates for background buildings - this grand old church (Albright United Methodist) on Centre Avenue that was just purchased by a developer and will soon be gone, and this manufacturing plant on Liberty Avenue in the Strip District.
And my last stop was to take this series of photos along Braddock Avenue in Braddock Borough. We hope to have a block or two of the business district on the layout adjacent to the USS Edgar Thomson Works steel mill.
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