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Conrail - Eagle Creek Bridge

Photos 

Barrel shot looking West.

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in January 2010

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BH Photo #153279

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Description 

Line still in use West of here in a connection with former PRR I&F Branch, as well as East of here near Speedway. Some may know this old rail line as it is the same one used for Indianapolis Motor Speedway events called "Railroad Parking" near 16th and Georgetown Roads.

Built as part of the former Peoria and Eastern Railroad, later New York Central, Penn Central, and Conrail before abandonment in 1981. Some sections of this line nearby may have been out of service as early as 1974.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over Big Eagle Creek on Abandoned Conrail (Nee Peoria & Eastern) Line
Location
Clermont, Marion County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1902; Abandoned 1981
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Peoria & Eastern Railroad (P&E)
Design
Pinned Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Also called
P&E - Eagle Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80330, -86.28631   (decimal degrees)
39°48'12" N, 86°17'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/561095/4406169 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clermont
Inventory number
BH 43821 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2015: New Street View added by Ed Hollowell
  • October 30, 2013: Updated by Brent Tindall: Deleted previous Street View as bridge was no longer visible in updated SV scene.
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • September 7, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: added railroad info
  • April 21, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added truss type.
  • January 23, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • December 31, 2009: Added by Joshua Collins

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 26, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am in agreement with Nathan. These definitely look like the foundations of Lally Columns.

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is all pure speculation, but my thought is that the caissons held the main span of a former bridge,and approach spans connected the stone abutments to the caissons. When the current bridge was erected, the caissons were removed to their current condition and the abutments were reused.

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Actually, he said it doesn't matter.......the Colts would beat either one!

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I'm surprised the troll is in a good mood today. I thought he wanted to see a Colts-Vikings game.

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Normally, wooden falsework would have been erected for construction of the bridge. I suppose it is possible that they were added for extra support, but later removed. Being that it is a railroad span, the truth will probably never be known.

......by the way.....J.R.,your troll friend says hello.

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Photo caption: YES......believe it or not.....It's a satellite dish!!

Hey, even trolls who live under bridges like movies and want Sunday Ticket.

Abandoned Conrail Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Bob Morgan (morgans212 [at] nc [dot] rr [dot] com)

Refernce photos 7 & 8 -

Possible that those old caissons were used during construction/launch of the bridge, or during a subsequent repair?