Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in November 2009
BH Photo #149932
The bridge is still functional. Although the train does not go to Mineral Bluff, it could. The line is intact between Murphy Junction and Mineral Bluff and periodically hosts railroad motorcar trips. The depot at Mineral Bluff has been refurbished and houses a model railroad club. The portion of the line that was removed was from Mineral Bluff to Murphy, NC. The line from Murphy to Andrews and further east is still intact and is part of the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad.
This bridge is on the former Murphy Branch of the L&N. It connected to the Southern RR at Murphy. L&N became part of Seaboard System in 1982. The last train on the Murphy Branch ran that year, the tracks were torn up soon after.
info from "Louisville & Nashville's Atlanta Division" by Michael George
I believe the L&N RR was abandoned here sometime in the mid to late 80's with tracks removed. It is difficult today to make out where the track went through Mineral Bluff nearby. The railroad was restored as a tourist RR south of Blue Ridge, but was abandoned between there and Murphy, NC where the line went.
It's one of those rare "pratt-trestle" combo bridges. ha ha.