Hanging bridge platform, Smedley Park trestle, Springfield, PA

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SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) wanted to paint the structural steel beams and panels on the trestle that carries the trolley over Crum Creek at Smedely Park in Springfield, PA.

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Painters were only able to reach a portion of the exterior using a high-reach so they called Superior Scaffold to install a hanging bridge platform to give crews complete access to the exterior and interior of the trestle. 

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Superior’s crew clamped spreaders onto the flange of the steel beams on the trestle and then hung trees from them and then decked it in using steel plank.  

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I love these kinds of jobs!  They are not something you get to see everyday.  Just check out the photos.

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Here you can see Jimmy (Air Force) placing the plank while constructing the work platform that will give the crew access to the inside.

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We used outriggers or side brackets on one side so they could also reach the exterior beams and panels.

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We also installed a system scaffold stair tower with 8’ high security plywood for access.

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This is part of the SEPTA 101 trolley route. 

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Trolleys pass through Smedley Park on their way to 69th St. terminal in Upper Darby, PA and Orange St. in Media, PA.

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The trolley looks an awful lot like a city bus without wheels.  Just sayin’.  And remember, these photos were taken during the installation process and it might appear some necessary components are missing.  I assure you they are all in place now.

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St. Jimmy Dwyer powa’ lifts his breakfast.

The park is named after Samuel L. Smedley, the local founder of the Delaware County Parks and Recreation Board.  It’s located on 120 acres of land between Media and Springfield, PA.  The park has been transformed into a multi-purpose recreational area while still maintaining its natural beauty.  It now features play areas for children, picnic and hiking paths, walking bridges and playing fields.

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Moving of the morning steel with Father Will Collins.

If you need access to a hard to reach area or need a work platform of any kind call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And today’s musical number is dedicated to a Broadway show aficionado and Philly expatriate.

In case the link gets stripped out:  https://youtu.be/hmx1L8G25q4

 

Some links to additional info on Smedley Park and SEPTA:

http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/depts/parks/pdf/SmedleyTrails.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_Mill_Road_station

 

 

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