5 votes

PC - Johnstown Bridge


South Approach

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in February 2009


BH Photo #134127


PC - Johnstown Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Abandoned through truss bridge over Eel River on former Penn Central Railroad in Johnstown
Johnstown, Owen County, Indiana, and Greene County, Indiana
Built in 1921 for the Evansville, Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad
- Conrail (CR)
- Evansville, Indianapolis, & Terre Haute Railway (EI&TH)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Riveted Warren through truss
Also called
NYC - Eel River Bridge
Conrail - Eel River Bridge
NYC - Johnstown Bridge
Conrail - Johnstown Bridge
PC - Eel River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.16937, -87.00533   (decimal degrees)
39°10'10" N, 87°00'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/499539/4335571 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Coal City
501 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 39996 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 25, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • April 17, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • July 6, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • September 9, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • December 3, 2017: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • January 9, 2012: New photo from Nick
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added truss type
  • March 14, 2009: Updated by Curtis Lee
  • February 24, 2009: Added by Nathan Morton


  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Curtis A. Lee - leefam408 [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Nick
  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com


PC - Johnstown Bridge
Posted April 17, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The deck is definitely a little less solid looking than when I was there several years ago.

PC - Johnstown Bridge
Posted April 17, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

The believe it is still very solid...but not sure so I chickened out on walking it. My wife hates it when I go strolling across abandoned spans.

PC - Johnstown Bridge
Posted April 17, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Love the deck photo!

PC - Johnstown Bridge
Posted April 17, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have been to this bridge many times, being it is next to Johnstown bridge, but never in the months of low vegetation. Great!

Johnstown Rail Bridge
Posted July 1, 2010, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

This bridge is still accessible, but I think it might rest on private property...You have to park at the electric substation, then cross the field to the old rail grade behind the trees, turn left and go around a corner, and theres the bridge. Its still in pretty good condition too. Most of the ties are still fairly solid.