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NS - Little Wildcat Creek Bridge

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North Side

View of where County Roads 200 S and 400 W come together looking at part of structure. Very long bridge that crosses Little Wildcat Creek as well as the Interurban that ran from Frankfort to Kokomo.

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #136576

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Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Little Wildcat Creek and also formerly Interurban crossed underneath as well. on Norfolk Southern Railway (nee N&W, Nickel Plate Road, Toledo St. Louis and Western aka Cloverleaf, other) in West Middleton
Location
West Middleton, Howard County, Indiana
Status
Closed to all traffic
History
This unique structure was rare as it not only had a creek it crossed, but an Interurban line as well(Indiana Railroad, Frankfort and Kokomo Traction, others). Was supposedly upgraded sometime in the 1980's for future traffic.
Railroads
- Central Railroad of Indianapolis (CERA)
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad (TStL&W)
Design
Combination of wood decking, with 4 steel spans as well, with mix of wood piling supports and concrete. Had to be scary for train crews crossing this bridge with it's mix of building materials.
Also called
NKP - Little Wildcat Creek Bridge
Cloverleaf Little Wildcat Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44495, -86.20442   (decimal degrees)
40°26'42" N, 86°12'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/567467/4477448 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kokomo West
Inventory number
BH 42216 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 7, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 6, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • April 5, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood

Comments 

NKP Cloverleaf West Middleton Bridge Little Wildcat Creek
Posted April 7, 2009, by James Norwood

For a video of a Central Railroad of Indianapolis Railroad(CERA)train going Easbound over this bridge go to this site

http://www.rail-videos.net/video/view.php?id=2851

This is a video shot by the great Kevin Nelson of Marion, Indiana. I am happy he was able to catch these views back when the bridges were still in use.

It is viewable about 45 seconds into the video. Also shows the Defenbaugh Viaduct just outside of Kokomo at the end of video. Very first small bridge may be just outside of Russiaville, but I am not sure. Every place on the video is now out of service and it's future is in question. James

NKP Cloverleaf West Middleton Bridge Little Wildcat Creek
Posted April 5, 2009, by James Norwood

I might add that in late 1989, Norfolk Southern leased this line to Central Railroad of Indianapolis and they ran many freights between Marion and Frankfort via Kokomo for about 10 years when the lease was terminated and NS ran their "L89" Local over this stretch for a couple of years before rerouting it via Tipton and Alexandria to get to Marion. This line was then Embargoed and hasn't seen any traffic since. City of Kokomo removed a crossing and viaduct within their city limits around 2003, and Central Railroad has recently filed to abandon their portion to just outside Kokomo city limits. Basically Defenbaugh Road Viaduct back into town to Webster Street(one block West of Washington Street). They are open to trail use so it could see a new life. Howard County has placed "out of service" signs at every crossing from Kokomo to Howard/Clinton County line as well per recommendation by former Kokomo Mayor McKillip, an avid trail enthusiast. Railpictures.net has a video area that features scenes shot my Mr. Nelson of this bridge as CERA heads back towards Kokomo with the two Indiana Transportation Museum F7's painted in Monon Railroad colors that they used for first couple of years after taking over the old Cloverleaf and IMC lines around Kokomo. I will post a link to that site later. Jay