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Rock Pile Railroad Bridge

Photos 

It's the bridge under the MOB

Photo taken by Ben Tate in February 2012

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BH Photo #226143

Map 

Description 

Please ignore the horrible MOB that has been placed over this bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over tributary to Tennessee River on former Wilson Dam Railway
Location
Muscle Shoals, Colbert County, Alabama
Status
Intact but MOB was placed over it in 1993 for pedestrian use.
History
Possibly built ca. 1918
Railroad
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.79164, -87.63706   (decimal degrees)
34°47'30" N, 87°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/441719/3850122 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Florence
Inventory number
BH 51475 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Removed categories "Railroad", "Railroad bridge" as it is not an active line
  • February 27, 2012: Added by Ben Tate

Sources 

  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Rock Pile Railroad Bridge
Posted February 28, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Looking at picture 20 it looks like rivets. I don't know enough about the history of steel shapes to say how common they were, but Bethlehem Steel was rolling I-beams before this bridge's build date. I agree that it looks like a center pier may have been there but it looks concrete which would suggest a different time from the abutments--maybe a make-shift reinforcement or perhaps something unrelated to the bridge.

If it's an I-beam bridge of this age it may be an early example. Certainly a curiosity, now marred by the MOB but at least not torn out for the safety of the pedestrians.

Rock Pile Railroad Bridge
Posted February 28, 2012, by Matt Lohry

It looks like the original abutments remain, but I'm quite certain that the superstructure is not original; the rolled beams are much larger than what would have been capable of being produced in those days, and the stringer stabilizers underneath are all welded. The abutments appear to have had some larger bridge with a center pier support at one time, perhaps...

Rock Pile Railroad Bridge
Posted February 28, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, instead of just rehabbing the old bridge, they hauled in a MOB? Sounds like a waste of money, be it public or private.

Hey, does anybody have an 1870s bowstring that we can cover with a wooden roof to make it historic?

Rock Pile Railroad Bridge
Posted February 27, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Maybe this is a more appropriate photo. :)

Rock Pile Railroad Bridge
Posted February 27, 2012, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASE DISREGARD THE MOB EYESORE THAT WAS PLACED OVER THIS BRIDGE IN 1993.

I believe this could be the original bridge that was placed here for the trains used in the construction of Wilson Dam. Construction on the dam began in 1918. I've placed several detailed photos on here of the structure. I need an expert's eyes to look at this, and tell me if 1918 is a possible date of construction for this bridge. Thanks!!