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L&N - Bridgeport Swing Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #337850

Map 

Description 

The Bridgeport Swing Span Railroad Bridge embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period and method of construction. Its method of construction (pin-connected) is rare for a swing bridge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Camelback Warren through truss bridge over Tennessee River on CSX Railroad
Location
Bridgeport, Jackson County, Alabama
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Swing span built 1892; 114'6" (East) truss replaced 1910 w/ a 114' 8 riveted span; 145' (West) truss replaced 1912 w/ a 2nd-hand 143'-3" riveted span fabricated in 1905; Swing replaced 1981
Builder
- Louisville Bridge & Iron Co. of Louisville, Kentucky (Swing span)
Railroads
- Family Lines System (FL)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
- Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL)
Design
Camelback through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 364.0 ft.
Total length: 690.0 ft.
Also called
NC&StL - Bridgeport Swing Bridge
FL - Bridgeport Swing Bridge
NC - Bridgeport Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.95608, -85.69439   (decimal degrees)
34°57'22" N, 85°41'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/619206/3868950 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bridgeport
Elevation
622 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 52692 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 20, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added info from the HAER
  • September 14, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • September 12, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Tennessee River", "CSX Railroad", "Railroad", "Louisville & Nashville Railroad"
  • October 13, 2013: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • October 7, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 8, 2013: HAER photos posted by Ben Tate
  • June 19, 2012: Added by Ben Tate

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Sources 

  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER AL-8 - Bridgeport Swing Span Bridge, Spanning Tennessee River, Bridgeport, Jackson County, AL
  • Douglas Butler
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Flickr - Info
  • Wikimapia - Info