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PRR/C&O Overpass

Photos 

South side of PRR bridge with CandO track in foreground

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #163511

Map 

Description 

Formerly double track railroad bridge, looks like it is currently single track setup, sans rails as line has been abandoned for about 20 years or more. Scene of a C&O derailment in 1925 as well. Owned, US Rail operated Railroad (CSXT, Chesapeake and Ohio of Indiana) Line is still in operation.

Link to Photo 

Written by James Norwood

Check out this photo of a PRR engine sitting atop this bridge after a C&O train had derailed underneath. http://candoindiana.com/historic/1a_converse_derailment25.JP...

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pony/through girder bridge over Winamac Southern Railway on former Conrail Railroad
Location
Converse, Grant County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
There is talk of extending the Sweetser Switch Trail, or Cardinal Greenway to include this bridge as it would run from Marion to Bunker Hill. Perhaps part of the "American Discovery Trail".
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (PCC&StL)
- Winamac Southern Railway (WSRY)
Design
Pony/through girder
Dimensions
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.57891, -85.85852   (decimal degrees)
40°34'44" N, 85°51'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/596609/4492640 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sweetser
Elevation
830 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43812 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2010: Updated by Mark Frazier: Fixed typo in builder name
  • April 23, 2010: New photos from James Norwood
  • December 30, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

PRR/C&O Overpass
Posted November 3, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

C&O 1804 sure looks dirty! I note that because the type (SD-18) locomotive was only produced from 04-1960 until 03-1963 so if the date is correct it was a reasonably new unit at the time.

C&O/PRR Overpass
Posted October 31, 2014, by Sam Hunter (Bassbone52 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Pictures of derailment around 1962 or 63