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NS - CR 850E Overpass


Train crossing

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in October 2010


BH Photo #184120



The cut stone abutments suggest that there is at least a century worth of history at this site. Not sure who built them originally, but my map shows Norfolk Southern as the current line. It appears that the original crossing was for Symond's Creek, although now a county road has been diverted under it and the remnants of the creek flow through a culvert pipe.


Deck girder bridge over CR 850E (Originally Symond's Creek) on Norfolk Southern RR
Henry County, Indiana
Open to traffic
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Deck girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.92483, -85.22410   (decimal degrees)
39°55'29" N, 85°13'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/651761/4420923 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46739 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Deck girder (5,730)
Girder (10,205)
Henry County, Indiana (69)
Indiana (4,911)
Norfolk Southern Railway (1,851)
Open (39,831)
Owned by railroad (12,372)
Railroad (15,362)

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon



Norfolk Southern CR 850E Overpass
Posted October 31, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Norfolk Southern CR 850E Overpass
Posted October 31, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

That rail line was originally the New Castle & Richmond RR which, about the time it was finished in 1853 became the Cincinnati, Logansport & Chicago RY which than became the Cincinnati & Chicago RR which was foreclosed upon in 1860 and became the Cincinnati & Chicago Airline RR until it was merged with the Chicago & Great Eastern RY in 1865. In 1868 the line came out of yet another bankruptcy as the Columbus, Chicago & Indiana Central RY. That lasted until an other foreclosure in 1884 when it became Chicago, St Louis & Pittsburgh RR which was merged in 1890 into the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis (RY) which went through more mergers in 1917 to become the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis (RR) which in 1921 became the Pennsylvania RR. Then came the 1968 Penn Central merger and Bankruptcy, The New Castle-Richmond segment was sold to Norfolk Western in the mid 1970's and that was merged into Norfolk Southern, the current owner.

So that overpass could have been built anytime after 1853 by somebody! My best 'guess' was that it was done about 1890 after Pennsylvania took over, but that's just guessing.

So I guess I really don't know anything about this structure. (Hee-Hee!)