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HELLO ED I MADE IT BACK TO THE SITE.YOUR PROBABLY RIGHT ABOUT THE TRACK BEING INTERURBAN BECAUSE THERE WAS A CL&A (CINCINNATI LAWRENCEBURG AND AURORA ) RAIL LINE. IM FROM THE AREA AND HAVE 32 YEARS ON THE GREAT OLD B&O (CSX). IM NOT A LOCAL EXPERT BUT I DO REMEMBER 2 OTHER BRIDGES WEST OF TANNERS CREEK BRIDGE AND THE LINE INTERCHANGED AGAIN AT AURORA WITH THE B&O. THE TANNERS CREEK BRIDGE PHOTO IS AFTER THE PARTIAL REPAIRS DONE TO THE BRIDGE 5 OR 6 YEARS AGO. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF RAILS TO TRAILS MONEY AND THE DEDICATION OF THE CITYS OF LAWRENCEBURG AND AURORA.
Thanks Tracy. I had been meaning to get back to this but you beat me to it. The main map I use is the 1948 Railroad Guide reprint by Kalambach. I went through some pre WW 1 maps I found on line that did infact show the line to Aurora. Part of the confusion was a map I saw that showed an interurban line in the same general vicinity. It might still be a possibility that the bridge was built by the railroad and was later used for a short period by an interurban in the 1920's or 30's.
yes it is a NYC bridge. the local history states they wanted to build a line to RISING SUN IN. along the ohio river but only made it to AURORA IN. if you look you can see the old NYC and O&M interchange signal foundations about 100 yards east of the bridge and some of the rails still in the asphalt in AURORA near where the NYC bridge crossed over HOGAN CREEK. i remember watching CONRAIL trains switching between LAWRENCEBURG and AURORA in the early seventies. i havent seen their bridge over HOGAN CREEK (long gone) listed. that might be good research for someone. also im no expert but im thinking the line was begun by PENN CENTRAL. you guys have a great website and really do a great service to american history.
Are you sure that is the NY Central? I'm pretty sure it's ex B&O. The line next to it is CSX formally B&O and originally Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. The NY Central (ex Big4 line) follows US 50 into Cincinnati after it leaves Tanner Creek. My maps don't show it going west at all, but it could be missing something.