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Nickel Plate Trail Little Weesau Creek Bridge

Photos 

West side April 2009

Hard to see behind private residence and barn at this time.

Photo taken by James Norwood

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BH Photo #139295

Map 

Link to Nickel Plate Trail Inc. website. 

Written by James Norwood

http://www.nickelplatetrail.org/news.html

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Little Weesau Creek on Nickel Plate Trail soon, formerly Norfolk Southern(nee N&W, Nickel Plate Road, Lake Erie and Western, others)
Location
Miami County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedstrians on the Nickle Plate Trail
Future prospects
Reworked for use by pedestrians by Nickel Plate Trial group via Indiana Trails Fund who has ownership of rail line which was abandoned and Railbanked in 1999. Railbanking ensures ROW is left intact for possible reactivation of rail line or use by utilities.
Railroads
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Deck plate girder
Also called
NKP Little Weesau Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.88232, -86.09273   (decimal degrees)
40°52'56" N, 86°05'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/576438/4526089 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Deedsville
Inventory number
BH 42457 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: added Rail to Trail status
  • April 28, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood
  • April 27, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net

Comments 

Nickel Plate IMC Little Weesau Creek bridge near CR 800 North
Posted July 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Is there a plaque on the bridge? That might provide a clue if it did. Here is a turntable bridge had a unique plaque that listed patents and other info that would not be found on a deck plate girder bridge: http://www.historicbridges.org/michigan/turntable/

Nickel Plate IMC Little Weesau Creek bridge near CR 800 North
Posted July 19, 2011, by Matt Lohry

Actually, looking at the shape of the ends of the bridge and the overall size in Photo #1, this looks more like a salvaged roundhouse turntable! That would be really cool to see, but some verification of this would be required. If anyone is able to find out if this bridge is either of these, please post! :>)

Nickel Plate IMC Little Weesau Creek bridge near CR 800 North
Posted July 19, 2011, by James Norwood

I read recently where someone claimed this bridge was actually an old hopper car converted for bridge use. I haven't had the time to get back there to investigate now that the trail is finished. Anyone else gets the chance, check it out and let me know!