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Bloomington Southern - Wright's Branch Bridge

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View looking East from adjacent South Victor Pike Road

by Eric T. Black via Google Earth

View this photo at mw2.google.com

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Timber stringer bridge over Wright's Branch of Clear Creek and driveway on former Illinois Central Railroad
Location
Monroe County, Indiana
Status
Abandoned, but intact
Future prospects
Could connect with Bloomington Rail Trails that run over another portion of this former branch line further North to connect with Quarry site in the future.
History
Built 1913, rebuilt in 1942
Railroads
- Bloomington Southern Railroad (BS)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 645.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Also called
IC - Wright's Branch Bridge
Victor Oolitic Quarry bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.06325, -86.57869   (decimal degrees)
39°03'48" N, 86°34'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/536449/4323880 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clear Creek
Elevation
578 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45702 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2016: New photo from Geoff McKim
  • August 5, 2014: Updated by James Norwood: Corrected name and added dates
  • March 4, 2012: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • March 3, 2012: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • January 9, 2012: New photo from Nick
  • July 25, 2010: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood
  • Nick
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Info about bridge construction - Interesting that railroad was incorporated in 1906, but this section built 1913-14. 45 carloads of lumber needed to build it.
  • Geoff McKim

Comments 

Quarry Branch Bridge
Posted August 5, 2014, by James Norwood

Finally went and found this gem. Unfortunately the trees and other vegetation blocked a lot of the view, but it was worth witnessing this great bridge. I have read where towards the end of it's railroad use, they wouldn't take the engine out onto the bridge because of weight restrictions but would push a length of cars out onto the bridge long enough to get to the other side where another engine would hook up and pull off this structure. I imagine many of the cars were unloaded and used as buffers only. The name used for this line was the Bloomington Southern, but was part of the Illinois Central. Victor Stone had a Plymouth switcher and one other "critter" for power for these trains. They still used them on their property for several years after tracks had been pulled from this bridge North to Bloomington before being sold off themselves.

Quarry Branch Bridge
Posted May 8, 2012, by Anonymous

My family has owned property behind this for 50+ years. I live there now and remember seeing the train cross as a kid.

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Quarry Branch Bridge
Posted March 4, 2012, by Anonymous

Amazing wooden bridge. Would like to see that one in person.