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NKP - Kokomo Creek bridge

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East side April 2009

Old Indiana Union Traction Interurban bridge South abutment seen behind NKP bridge in this shot as well.

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #139029

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Extra information 

Written by James Norwood

Interesting note about this location is that the former interurban railroad Indiana Railroad(nee Indiana Union Traction) ran alongside the old Peru and Indianapolis line from Kokomo to Noblesville. Actually the interurban went on further North to Bunker Hill alongside the old P&I(NS, N&W, NKP, LE&W)IMC line except for the segment within Kokomo city proper. The interurban has been gone since the 1930's and it's own Kokomo Creek bridge abutments still remain today hidden from view behind it's sister. That alone is strange due to the nearness of US 31, from which no trace is visible of the old interurban line and the current Central Railroad of Indianapolis/Norfolk Southern track is overgrown and embargoed, aka railbanked, with the road crossing paved over with signals bagged and turned and "Tracks Out of Service" signs installed. This is one of the few remaining remote locations within Kokomo that most don't know about. Accesible from nearby "Eagles Aerie", just watch out for the angry geese that frequent the creek and adjacent Lagoon of Chrysler's Kokomo Transmission Plant. Rail line is up for abandonment, currently being sought by another railroad for purchase, so future is unknown except for bridge is to remain in place even if rails come up.

Facts 

Overview
Deck girder bridge over Kokomo Creek on Central Railroad of Indianapolis(nee Norfolk Southern, N&W, Nickel Plate Road, Lake Erie and Western, Peru and Indianapolis), soon possibly trail in Kokomo
Location
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Future prospects
Purchased by Howard County for future trail use
Railroads
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
Deck plate girder
Dimensions
Span length: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 65.0 ft.
Also called
IMC Milepost 52.5 bridge
IMC stands for Indianapolis to Michigan City, a Nickel Plate Road division name.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.45330, -86.11689   (decimal degrees)
40°27'12" N, 86°07'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/574881/4478445 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kokomo East
Inventory number
BH 42242 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • April 23, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
  • April 7, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Nickel Plate Road Kokomo Creek bridge
Posted April 7, 2009, by James Norwood

Running adjacent to this bridge is the old Indiana Railroad Interurban bridge site. Only abutments remain, but it followed the rail line from a half mile North of this bridge all the way to Nobleville until the 1930's. This Bridge was once part of a rail line from Indianapolis to Michigan City via Noblesville, Tipton, Kokomo, Peru, Rochester, Plymouth, and more. Central Railroad acquired this line and bridge from Norfolk Southern in the late 90's or early 2000's era. CERA had formerly leased this line from Norfolk Southern through their "Thoroughbred Shortline" Program from 1989 to about 1998 before NS pulled the lease after CERA's parent Railtex was bought out by Railamerica Incorporated. NS take over ownership of the line immediatly South of bridge at current US 31 crossing and has their section of line embargoed, or out of service, and hasn't run any trains over the line for over 10 years(except a short time for car storage). Bridge is visible from current US 31 Kokomo Creek bridge behind Lagoon and electric tower. Jay