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Laughery Creek Viaduct

Photos 

View looking Northwest.

Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in November 2009

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BH Photo #148899

Map 

Description 

109 feet tall, 11 towers with 30 foot spans above each.One 90 ft. span. Nine 60 ft. spans and two 59 1/2 ft. spans. Stone arch abutments make up the balance of 1300 ft.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Laughery Creek on CSX Transportation (former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)
Location
Ripley County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1901 by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, major repair work in 1958 or 1959 with some girders replaced.
Builder
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Deck plate girder with Arched masonry abutments.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 1,300.0 ft.
Also called
B & O RR: Laughery Creek Viaduct (Historic)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.13878, -85.24849   (decimal degrees)
39°08'20" N, 85°14'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/651374/4333638 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pierceville
Inventory number
BH 43595 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2017: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 26, 2013: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Enlarged on builder and details of spans.
  • March 28, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: added height
  • February 6, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • November 8, 2009: Added by Anthony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Drone video that includes the bridge
Posted April 13, 2017, by Ryan Schilling (schillrw [at] gmail [dot] com)
Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted September 16, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

At one time this structure had Phoenix columns incorporated into it, but I believe the railroad replaced them.

Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted September 16, 2015, by Rob Byrd (krbyrd64 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

photo II

Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted September 16, 2015, by Rob Byrd (krbyrd64 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Just discovered that there is this amazing 'other trestle' in Southern Indiana. Got a couple of decent shots of it.

Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted April 26, 2013, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

This is a correction of my last comment, which after I reread it was ridiculous. I meant to say that this trestle was about 100 ft. longer than Shuffle Creek Trestle, not Tulip. There is an extensive article on the Laughery Creek Viaduct at http://www.borhs.org/sentinel/sentinel2010Q20510.pdf .

Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted March 27, 2013, by Glen Gray (fasted1988 [at] msn [dot] com)

I Grew Up As A Teenager In Osgood, IN Just West Of This And It Was A Right Of Passage To Walk Across This, And In Some Places Whole Wooden Cross Ties Where Gone And You Had To Jump Over The Span... Some Friends Have Even Been Caught In The Middle And Had To Ride It Out Laying Down On The Service Platforms On The Sides... They Turned A Little White Afterwards...

Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted June 11, 2011, by Richard Tekulve (CANOEINDIANA [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

This has been called "High Bridge" for several years by everyone in SE Indiana. Primarily due to it's towering presence over Laughery Creek. Last year I measured the height at 110 feet over the stream. The trestle has been referred to as the second tallest in the state after the Tulip in Greene County. It's a short walk (less than a 1/4 mile) east of Base Rd.in Ripley County and aprox. a half-mile south of SR 350. It's quite intimidating once you start to walk across it. I have also canoed under it in mid winter and only wished I would have photographed it from below. Trains have been seldom seen in the last few years on this once busy CSX line that prospered for over a century.

Laughery Creek Viaduct
Posted February 6, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollow [at] dslextreme [dot] com)

This structure is approx. 1085 feet long. That's about 100 feet longer than Tulip trestle On the Indiana Rail Road (ex Illinois Central) in Monroe County but shorter than Tulip Viaduct on the same railroad in Greene County which is the longest in Indiana at 2295 feet excluding the rail bridge at the Ohio River at Evansville which has an elevated approach to the north side of the bridge that is more than a mile long.