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UTC - Honey Bee Blue River Bridge


Image from the Electric Railway Journal


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BH Photo #299127



Concrete bridge for Union Traction Company line abandoned about 1940 and built about 1911.

This line from New Castle to Indy was known as the Honeybee Line, and this bridge is still commonly referred to by that name. An old powerhouse for the line stood nearby until about 1970.


Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over Blue River on Indianapolis, New Castle, and Toledo Interurban
New Castle, Henry County, Indiana
Future prospects
Built 1903
- Indiana Rail Road (INRD)
- Indianapolis, New Castle, & Toledo Electric Railway (INC&T)
- Interurban
- Union Traction Company of Indiana (UTC)
Concrete stringer
Also called
UTC - Sugar Drain Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.92424, -85.38893   (decimal degrees)
39°55'27" N, 85°23'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/637675/4420591 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Castle West
Inventory number
BH 63079 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • October 8, 2014: New photo from Luke
  • September 21, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added the commonly referred historic name to this bridge.
  • September 21, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added category "Union Traction Company of Indiana"
  • September 21, 2014: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Correct name for line builder/operator.
  • September 20, 2014: Added by Ed Hollowell


  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke


UTC - Honey Bee Bridge
Posted June 10, 2018, by Ashley (Ahancock89 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would love to photograph this bridge. Does anyone know who owns the land? Is it owned by the Indiana Railroad or is it private property? I'm having a lot of trouble finding information.

UTC - Honey Bee Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm going to make an attempt to get some pics when the leaves are down. It is gated on the one end but I think I may know a way to access it.

UTC - Honey Bee Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Luke

If not, one of the images in that thread is from the Electric Railway Journal, and is likely in the public domain.

UTC - Honey Bee Bridge
Posted September 22, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

There are photos of the bridge at http://indianarailroads.org/board/index.php?topic=15003.0 . If I am lucky maybe I can get the photographer to post them here.