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NKP - Prairie Ditch bridge


East side June 2009

You can see where someone has added planking(plywood)across whats left. ATV tracks were everywhere back here and I imagine that is what the makeshift fix on this unsafe bridge is for.

Photo taken by James Norwood


BH Photo #141210


Lost Timber stringer bridge over Prairie Ditch on Nickel Plate Trail(former Lake Erie and Western, Nickel Plate Road, Norfolk & Western, Norfolk Southern Railway, Central Railroad of Indy, Indiana Hi-Rail Railroads) in Peru
Peru, Miami County, Indiana
Destroyed by fire
Future prospects
Former railroad line is being converted to new "Nickel Plate Trail", part of the Indiana Trails Fund, between Rochester and Cassville(just North of Kokomo), Indiana.
This wooden bridge carried the former IMC division of NKP Railroad from Peru to Michigan City and was the start of a large grade in Northern Miami County. Arsonist burned the bridge in the 1990's and it was quickly abandoned. Charred pieces remain.
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Wood pilings supported this typical small railroad bridge. Single track setup. Severely burned and unsafe to cross after arsonist attempted to destroy entire structure.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.77136, -86.06893   (decimal degrees)
40°46'17" N, 86°04'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/578574/4513793 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42646 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 8, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • June 2, 2009: Added by James Norwood


  • James Norwood


Nickel Plate Road Prairie Ditch bridge
Posted December 27, 2012, by James Norwood

Bridge is not standing any longer. One piling is still upright but the rest looks to be removed. Dec 24 2012.

No work on extending trail through this area is noted either. I did notice one of the old light towers for the former Nickel Plate Road yard is still standing immediately South of old bridge site.