Nickel Plate Trail - Wabash River Bridge
Photo taken by Tom Hall in October 2006
BH Photo #136821
Written by James Norwood
This former "Peru and Indianapolis" railroad line was one of the first in Indiana connecting Indianapolis to Peru via Noblesville, Tipton, and Kokomo for a connection with the Wabash and Erie Canal which lay just past the North side of this bridge. Later another rail line was constructed from Michigan City to Peru via Plymouth and Rochester and both lines were merged to form one continuous connection. Later acquired by the Lake Erie and Western Railroad, and later Nickel Plate Road, it was called the IMC division. IMC=Indy to Michigan City. Norfolk and Western later acquired Nickel Plate, and later became Norfolk Southern. In 1989, line was leased to Central Railroad of Indianapolis (CERA), a division of Railtex, and was used little. After CERA and Railtex was bought out by another parent company named Railamerica, Norfolk Southern took back the line and never used it again. It was abandoned in 1999, but Railbanked. Railbanking assures the right of way is left intact in case future transportation needs require it to be reactivated. Sometimes utilities can also use the right of way via the Railbanking clause. The Indiana Trails Fund immediately took possesion of the line form Rochester to Cassville(just North of Kokomo)via a Surface Transportation Board ruling after abandonment was granted and are building the Nickel Plate Trail along this line which includes this bridge. Part of the trail is finished in different areas, but this bridge requires extra safety requirements to protect trail users that have not been completed as of 2009. Bridge is easily viewed from the OLD US 31 Through Truss bridge which is just downstream from the Nickel Plate bridge.
- Through truss bridge over Wabash River on abandoned Norfolk Southern Railway, soon Nickel Plate Trail in Peru
- Peru, Miami County, Indiana
- Open to pedestrians on Nickle Plate Trail
- one of the oldest rail lines in Indiana, this bridge was built by Nickel Plate Road(later Norfolk & Western, Norfolk Southern). Last used by Central Railroad of Indy, Now Railbanked and property of Indiana Trails Fund
- - Lake Erie & Western Railroad (LE&W)
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Through truss with limestone block piers and gangways along sides for railroad crewman to get off to side of passing trains. 3 133 Foot through Trusses, 2 67 foot deck girders, 1 20 foot and 1 33 foot spans as well. Possible built by King Bridge Company.
Length of largest span: 133.0 ft.
Total length: 587.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.74207, -86.09564 (decimal degrees)
40°44'31" N, 86°05'44" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/576354/4510518 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Bunker Hill
- Inventory number
- BH 42275 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- November 10, 2018: New photos from Mike Daffron
- June 20, 2014: Updated by James Norwood: updated bridge, now open for pedestrians
- October 10, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
- September 5, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name
- April 6, 2011: New photos from James Norwood
- April 28, 2010: New photos from James Norwood
- April 28, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
- April 27, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
- April 9, 2009: New photos from Tom Hall
- April 9, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
- James Norwood
- Nickel Plate Trail groups homepage
- Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com
- J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com