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INRD - Wabash River Bridge


Bridge from Northwest Side

Photo taken by Ed Hollowell in July 2004


BH Photo #155468


Brief History and photo links 

Excerpt from book.

This information is found in the book "The Indiana Rail Road Company: America's new regional railroad" By Christopher Rund. Highly recommended.
This bridge replaced an earlier iron bridge circa 1886. This 1910 bridge featured a center swing span that was on another bridge that crossed the Cumberland River in Kuttawa, Kentucky on another Illinois Central line. Louisville Bridge Company had built that bridge in 1890. The Swing Span was reconfigured to fit the Wabash River bridge. The swing span was opened for river traffic on average 10 times a year with the last time recorded being July 7, 1938. When the span began to detoriate in the 1950's, the Illinois Central sought to replace it with a stationary span but two Indiana Senators, who sought to make the Wabash River a viable commercial waterway, protested and the "IC" agreed on a design provision that allowed the structure to be converted back to a swing bridge if needed. This occured in 1965 when the plate girder section was installed, and the concrete center pylon still features a large orbital gear to this day

http://www.davehonan.com/in/wabash02l.jpg great side view.
http://inrd.gotdns.com/rfgrivertoncoal.jpg Union Pacific power crosses.
http://inrd.gotdns.com/riverton.jpg view looking West.
Previous two links are from the Unofficial Indiana Railroad Railfan Guide site found at http://inrd.gotdns.com/index.htm



Through truss bridge over Wabash River and two county roads on Indiana Railroad (former Illinois Central Railroad)
Riverton, Sullivan County, Indiana, and Crawford County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1910, Through Truss center Swing built for another bridge in Kentucky in 1890, later moved & fabricated to fit this bridge, later Swing span replaced with plate girder with center wheel left in place in 1965
- Louisville Bridge & Iron Co. of Louisville, Kentucky
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
- Indiana Rail Road (INRD)
Mix of Through Truss and Plate Girder Swing platform. Original Swing, of Through Truss design replaced in 1965.
Reported that pins are used to keep trusses together.
Piers are of limestone block type construction.
Length of largest span: 223.0 ft.
Total length: 800.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Hi-Dry Line Wabash River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.02043, -87.56885   (decimal degrees)
39°01'14" N, 87°34'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/450756/4319197 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43682 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Railroad"
  • June 27, 2012: Updated by Frank Hicks: Changed "Indiana Railroad" to "Indiana Rail Road" as they are not the same railroad
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: added truss type
  • February 17, 2010: New photos from Ed Hollowell
  • November 29, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood

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