Rating:
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CSX - White River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by John Weller in February 2009

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BH Photo #133738

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over White River in Indianapolis
Location
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1886 by the Keystone Bridge Company.
Builder
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Design
Wrought iron Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78495, -86.18753   (decimal degrees)
39°47'06" N, 86°11'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/569569/4404204 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Indianapolis West
Inventory number
BH 39932 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,225)
Built 1886 (171)
Built during 1880s (1,649)
Have street view (22,572)
Indiana (4,200)
Indianapolis, Indiana (142)
Keystone Bridge Co. (52)
Marion County, Indiana (174)
Open (36,892)
Owned by railroad (9,957)
Pin-connected (3,300)
Pratt through truss (4,624)
Pratt truss (8,069)
Railroad (13,230)
Skewed (4,717)
Through truss (12,948)
Truss (29,548)
White River (Indiana) (54)

Update Log 

  • December 24, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 23, 2016: New photos from John Key
  • December 30, 2012: New photos from J.P.
  • June 24, 2012: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 21, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 18, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • February 18, 2009: Added by John Weller

Sources 

  • John Weller - jweller [at] indy [dot] rr [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Key

Comments 

CSX White River Bridge
Posted April 11, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There has been talk of wanting to make this into a trail bridge and if it is officially abandoned this would be the time to do so. There is already a trail that runs along the North end of the bridge. I will notify Indiana Landmarks Foundation about this possibility and see what they can find out.

CSX White River Bridge
Posted April 11, 2013, by Ethan (etmcdowell1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge will probably be abandoned soon. The last customer on this track moved to Lebanon and CSX wants to rid itself of this spur. The bridge itself has a weight restriction (meaning that standard 286,000lb railcars cannot cross).

CSXT White River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2009, by Evan Finch (efinch [at] gmail [dot] com)

James L. Cooper's 1987 book, Iron Monuments To Distant Posterity, lists this as an Illinois Central bridge.

(I'm not sure if that's the line the bridge was originally constructed for, or if that's the line that was operating on the bridge at the time of the book's publication.)

Cooper's complete entry on this bridge reads as follows:

IC RR; White River

Pratt thru (3)

Keystone Br

Note: may be oldest extant RR truss; only Keystone Pratt; wrought iron; pinned; skewed; adjustable lower chord; portals.