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Panhandle Pathway Trail - Tippecanoe River Bridge

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Taken from underneath highway bridge

Photo taken by Tom Hall in July 2006

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BH Photo #140560

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Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Tippecanoe River on the Panhandle Pathway Trail in Winamac
Location
Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana
Status
Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
It is supposed to have one side redecked for pedestrian use for new Panhandle Pathway Trail from Winamac to Kenneth(just West of Logansport). This will be completed hopefully soon. Old Ties from railroad decking have been removed currently and ends blocked. UPDATE DEC 2009-Entire Deck surface has had poured concrete with metal backing installed with wood and high tension cable side railings put in place and looks to be open. Very wide and trail is now paved on either side.
History
Formerly double tracked rail bridge, then single tracked, now is being converted with planking for pedestrians. Once part of Pennsy RR line from Chicago to Logansport and Columbus, Ohio or Richmond, Indiana
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (PCC&StL)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Deck plate girder. Railroad added second track at some point and added on to abutment with limestone blocks. North abutment features an arch for unknown reason.
Also called
PRR - Tippecanoe River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.02407, -86.58485   (decimal degrees)
41°01'27" N, 86°35'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/534902/4541512 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Winamac
Inventory number
BH 42285 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • May 25, 2009: Updated by James Norwood
  • May 24, 2009: New photos from Tom Hall
  • April 9, 2009: Added by James Norwood

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Comments 

Pennsylvania Railroad Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted May 26, 2009, by Tom Hall (thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com)

James, glad I could help out with the pictures.

I had taken a few of them back in 2006 and a couple of weeks ago I stopped by hoping to get some better shots of the arch but should have done it sooner, the trees and brush are quickly taking over. By the middle of the summer itíll be hard to spot unless you know its there. I can easily see how you could have missed it.

Iím curious about the other end, is there an arch there too? I would think there would be but itís even more overgrown and since the ties have been removed getting to it seems all but impossible.

I suspect that an older bridge once stood here, mainly because of the stone abutments and concrete piers. It seems like there would have been stone piers instead of concrete, especially considering they took the time to add to the abutments with similar stonework when it was double tracked. Just a theory.

Pennsylvania Railroad Tippecanoe River Bridge
Posted May 25, 2009, by James Norwood

Tom, thanks for adding the photos. Yes the line was orginally single track, and added to probably after 1920's. I was by there yesterday and noticed they hadn't decked it yet for pedestrians as I thought. They had a notice on their Panhandle Pathway site about working on it sometime back and I figured it would have been at least started on, if not about completed. Not so. I has walked up to the approach on the North side and never noticed the arch, great find. I had even ran a jet ski up from Lake Shafer long time ago and didn't notice it then. That was a long trip as you could guess. Again, Thanks, James