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Erie - SR15 Overpass (Eastbound Track)

Photos 

SR15 bridges eastbound

The lower, ground-level eastbound span.

Notice the "Eat Zorro's Peach" writing. This was a well-known quirk of the two bridges in their late years.

Thanks to "Wabash Memories" on Facebook for the photo.

BH Photo #308289

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Chicago and Atlantic Railroad was originaly a single track railroad across most of it's Western end of the line's Chicago to New Jersey line. In time(1911 to 1916), many sections were double tracked such as in this location, but the newer grade was built at a higher elevation in many places neccesitating odd arrangments such as this "double" set of bridges over a rural Indiana highway. Railroad was abandoned and tore out in the 1980's, and at some point these set of bridges were also removed and part of the railroad grade fill was used to level out this location where today one might not notice that a railroad passed through here, much less the magnificent sight these structure would have given the many passing motorist of yesteryear as they dipped below them.

Essay 

Written by James Norwood

Check out the Link area below for a view of this bridge in the foreground with a Westbound Erie train passing on the other bridge behind this one, plus a extra picture of an Eastbound Erie train showing the grade elevation differences. Second pic is probably taken from Westbound track bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Concrete rigid frame bridge over State Road 15 on Formerly Chicago and Indiana Railroad Eastbound track(nee Erie Western, Erie Lackawanna, Erie, Chicago and Atlantic Railroads)
Location
Wabash County, Indiana
Status
Lost
History
Erie Railroad was double tracked in this area. Two Structures side by side, but at different elevations. Westbound track was at a higher grade. Line abandoned and pulled up in the 1980's. Chicago and Indiana Railroad was the last operator (1979
Railroad
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
Design
Much simpler than it's sister Westbound track bridge.
Dimensions
Total length: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.98412, -85.89192   (decimal degrees)
40°59'03" N, 85°53'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/593214/4537585 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Roann
Inventory number
BH 44601 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Erie Railroad (173)
Have street view (24,546)
Indiana (4,402)
Lost (20,685)
Railroad (14,137)
Rigid frame (598)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,381)
Wabash County, Indiana (51)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2014: New photos from Owen Fishback
  • March 25, 2010: Essay added by James Norwood

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