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GR&I - Wabash River Bridge


Circa 1971 photo of bridge with Penn Central freight.

3 classic EMD F7's "Covered Wagons" lead a freight past this structure.

From Denniz Jiminez collection

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Abandoned through truss bridge over Wabash River on former Penn Central (ex- Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad) Not included in Conrail system after Penn Central failure. in Ceylon, between Geneva and Berne.
Adams County, Indiana
Abandoned, South span removed, North one remains. Original South span damaged in derailment and replaced. After abandonment, newer South span removed and reused in unknown location.
Future prospects
Possibly part of new trail. There is talk of another through truss in Decatur over St. Mary's River being replaced soon and old bridge brought down and installed in missing spans place. "New" bridge is on same former Grand Rapids and Indiana line, but section between Decatur and Fort Wayne is still in use by Chicago Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad.
Part of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad "Fishing Line" from Cincinatti to Northern Michigan in conjunction with the Pere Marquette Railroad, later part of the Pennsylvania Railroad empire.
- Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad (GR&I)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Pinned Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.61699, -84.95357   (decimal degrees)
40°37'01" N, 84°57'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/673105/4498253 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42647 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad", "Penn Central Railroad", "Conrail"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Missing deck", "Missing spans"
  • November 16, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 25, 2010: New photo from Tom Hall
  • April 25, 2010: New Street View added by Kim Harvey
  • April 24, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Added new information
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: updated design
  • July 20, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • June 2, 2009: Added by James Norwood


  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com


GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a really cool project. I wish we would see more of this when railroad trusses are replaced, especially for rail trails. I also love how they managed to rebuild the partially scrapped span at this location as well.

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As of early October the other truss span is being assembled.


GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted February 3, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's awesome! Been waiting on this for some time now!

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted February 3, 2020, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The work has begun on extending the trail and adding the St. Mary’s span !

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted February 16, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a lot of work happening on the US27 bridge, but doesn't look like they are progressing much on the trail bridge.

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge:


will be moved here to replace the missing span as they are identical structures, and the remaining span currently will be rebuilt. As of January 2017, the project is currently in the fundraising stage.


GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 25, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like its about to get cleaned up and used again for a trail finally.


Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Wabash River Bridge
Posted July 12, 2009, by Denniz Jiminez (DJ [at] gmail [dot] com)

a circa 1971 photo of this bridge