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NS - Wabash River Bridge

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Photo taken by Indiana Departement of Transportation

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BH Photo #199954

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Description 

Constructed as an alternative to the Southern Railroad crossing at Mt. Carmel, this structure contains more Warren through spans than any other in the state and with the now-stationary swing span is probably the longest such bridge in Indiana. Built by the Hollerbach and May Company of Evansville, Indiana, for approximately $60,000, this structure consists of a long central and moveable Warren through span, three stationary Warren through spans on each side, and a lengthy timber approach trestle on each side of the throughs. The substructure is of concrete; the superstructures are all riveted. The cantilevered swing span consists of eight panels; the stationary throughs have six. I beams serve as verticals; laced channels and channels riveted to stay plates provide the diagonals which angle inward from the endpost-top chord points. The top chord of the two central panels of the moveable truss is angled upward toward midspan (opposite to the direction of the diagonals) to accommodate the added stress of the swing. Heavy girder floor beams riveted to the verticals at and above the lower chord carry the ties for the single track.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Wabash River on The Former New York Central Railroad
Location
Gibson County, Indiana, and Wabash County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1910 by Hollerbach & May Company, The swing span in now stationary.
Builder
- Hollerbach & May Co. of Evansville, Indiana
Railroads
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Design
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36718, -87.78793   (decimal degrees)
38°22'02" N, 87°47'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/431167/4246848 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Keensburg
Inventory number
BH 44213 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 26, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Norfolk Southern Railway"
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 28, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added builder and other info
  • April 15, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 22, 2010: Added by Kim Harvey

Sources 

  • Kim Harvey
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com