View from US 24
Photo taken Aug. 2004 by James Baughn
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It looks like the 1920 date is a typo and it should be 1902. I would also agree. Perhaps the bridge was rebuilt in 1902 using secondhand material, and rebuild again in the 30s or 40s?
I agree with your observation, those punched handhole style plates suggest a post-1930 alteration to the bridge.
The top chord and endpost construction makes me think later than 1920. Could this have been rebuilt heavily some years after relocation?
This article provides a great insight on the relocation process, including the "splitting" method used on trusses and girders. It makes specific mention of pin connected trusses rebuilt in this manner, such as this bridge.
This is exactly what I was thinking. these alterations would make sense to reduce a bridge from double to single track.
The vertical members are lightweight built-up members which I would anticipate seeing on an 1883 Bridge. The sway bracing is composed of large rolled beams which I would not anticipate on an 1883 bridge.
For a bridge that was constructed in 1883, this one is very heavy even by railroad bridge standards.
I suspect that it might have had some parts replaced when it was moved. The portal bracing and much of the lateral bracing looks a little heavy for 1883 even though this is a railroad bridge. Railroad bridges often had portal bracing replaced as trains got taller so this would not be a surprising alteration.
According to an annual report from 1883, the bridge was built double track. It appears that it was cut down in 1902 to a single track, including rebuilt portals.