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Erie - Little Wabash River Bridge

Photos 

Close up of abandoned Erie Bridge

Photo taken by James Norwood

BH Photo #140863

Map 

Link to photo of train crossing bridge 

Picture of Erie Western train going Westbound(Geo North)across bridge coming into Huntington and the old Erie Railroad yard and N&W Railway crossing.
http://rrslideshow.com/jdemike/v/jdemike/eres/ERES_35_Huting...

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Wabash River on Formerly Chicago and Indiana Railroad(nee Chicago and Great Atlantic, Erie, Erie Lackawanna, Erie Western Railroad) in Huntington
Location
Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana
Status
East set of plate girders renovated for pedestrian trail usage, West set removed.
Future prospects
Partially preserved
History
Once part of the Erie's Chicago to New York line, this double tracked bridge was abandoned in the early 1980's when line was pulled up.
Railroads
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
- Erie Western Railway (ERES)
Design
4 deck plate girders segments(2 per side), concrete abutments and pier, with walkway made up this double tracked rail bridge.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.88086, -85.48222   (decimal degrees)
40°52'51" N, 85°28'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/627879/4526639 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Huntington
Inventory number
BH 42635 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 12, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status and explained this "partial save".
  • June 2, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • June 1, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • May 31, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Erie - Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

To avoid confusion, I just want to clarify that this was a set of side-by-side girders. As with most Erie RR bridges it was originally a single-track line with a second added later. I'm not sure why they decided to remove the West girders, but they did kept the East set for pedestrian use.

This can be seen in the most recent satellite imagery.

Erie - Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2016, by Sue Nunemaker (suenunemaker [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The west span of this bridge was removed on 2015, and the east span was rehabilitated for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. It will be connected to a series of trails in Huntington.