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Wells Viaduct

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Wells Viaduct

Photo taken by Michael Miller in February 2013

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BH Photo #275109

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Description 

Named after W.H. Wells, chief engineer of the project, it is sometimes called North Broad Trestle. Spans north fork of Broad River just west of Toccoa, GA. Construction began in 1915 and was completed in 1919.

Part of a larger Southern Railways project to reduce curves and grades along Southern Railway's Atlanta Charlotte mainline, it is over 1500 feet in length, and just over 200 feet in height at its highest point. This makes it the highest bridge on the Norfolk-Southern RR between Washington DC and New Orleans.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over North Fork Broad River on Norfolk Southern Railway, Greenville-Atlanta Subdivision
Location
Stephens County, Georgia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1919
Design
Deck plate girder
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
North Broad Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.57210, -83.37909   (decimal degrees)
34°34'20" N, 83°22'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/281757/3828163 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ayersville
Inventory number
BH 58281 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1919 (459)
Built during 1910s (8,713)
Deck girder (4,456)
Georgia (549)
Girder (7,867)
NR-eligible (3,966)
Open (36,380)
Owned by railroad (9,751)
Plate girder (6,051)
Stephens County, Georgia (4)

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2014: New photo from Joseph Hinson
  • September 28, 2014: Updated by Joseph Hinson: Added description and brief history as well as a photo with two trains on bridge
  • February 20, 2014: New photos from Michael Miller
  • October 3, 2013: Added by Michael Miller

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