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L&N - Alabama Mineral RR Bridge #14

Description 

Built 1890 for L&N's Alabama Mineral RR. Bridge is listed on the condensed profile as crossing Beaver Creek, and a road a little ways upstream is likewise named for such a creek, however google maps indicates the stream as Mud Creek. The bridge is of wood pile construction similar to the other bridges of the line, and spans 157' 2" across the creek and some of its low-lying flood plane. The bridge itself is fairly low, sitting roughly 8' above the creek bed, much smaller than the more impressive bridges encountered to the west.

The bridge was conveyed with the rest of the line to Seaboard System with the merger in 1982, with the rails over the bridge being pulled soon after. The bridge was included with the right-of-way sold to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, and is the final bridge on the Calera-Shelby right-of-way owned by the museum. The bridge is in-tact if a bit overgrown and managed to retain its deck following the scrapping of the line. During the winter months this bridge can be viewed from CR 42, however the thick foliage tends to obscure it during the summer months.

Facts 

Overview
Timber stringer bridge over Mud Creek on L&N Railroad
Location
Shelby, Shelby County, Alabama
Status
Intact but out of service
History
Built 1890 for L&N, to SBD through merger in 1982, to HODRRM in mid-80's
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 157.0 ft.
Also called
Beaver Creek Bridge
Mud Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.11129, -86.60030   (decimal degrees)
33°06'41" N, 86°36'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/537291/3663695 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 99900 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2022: Added by Sean Dean

Sources 

  • Sean Dean