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Elm Street Bunker Hill Pennsylvania Railroad bridge

Photos 

East side of bridge

Tower depot to right. Notice steps down off of Elm Street to Station Platforms.

Postcard

BH Photo #139311

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Girder bridge over Abandoned Conrail(nee Penn Central, Pennsylvania RR, Panhandle, others) on Elm Street in Bunker Hill
Location
Bunker Hill, Miami County, Indiana
Status
Lost, area filled in for roadway
History
Built 1910, removed in 1990's. Currently filled in with Elm still going over. Built to avoid delays when the once busy doubletracked Panhandle/PRR trains would come to town. Station beside bridge and there was stairs down off bridge to tracks.
Railroad
- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (PCC&StL)
Design
Girder. There were stairways built into sides of bridge to allow locals to access railroad depot below as well as platforms between tracks. These were removed at some point long before bridge was tore out. Simple lightweight metal lattice pier in center between rail tracks too with another stairway.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 38.1 ft.
Total length: 92.9 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.66167, -86.10333   (decimal degrees)
40°39'42" N, 86°06'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/575795/4501586 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bunker Hill
Inventory numbers
INNBI 5200142 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 42314 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2010: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 28, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 13, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • April 11, 2009: Added by James Norwood

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Comments 

Elm Street Bunker Hill Pennsylvania Railroad bridge
Posted July 9, 2012, by Tim Oldfather (t [dot] oldfather [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up a few blocks North of the Elm Street station. I was told by an old-timer back in the 90's that the real reason the bridge/station was built was because a young boy named Able Eschelmann was killed at the pre-existing grade crossing on his way to school. It was a foggy morning. The locals were not happy and the new station was the result.

I spent a lot of time in the early 90's measuring the bridge structure and foundation of the station and collecting photos in order to build a module of the immediate area. The photos I have taken are some of the last before the the demolition. The Nickle Plate crossed just East of the platforms with an interchange track. I have begun an HO model of the station. It is complete on three sides and the colors are accurate as I found brick fragments in the remains of the foundation. I put off the front until I came up with a photo of the entry. The progress has stopped there.

Let me know if I can be of assistance.

Tim