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CB&C - Wabash River Bridge

Photo 

Cbc wreck bluffton

BH Photo #199138

Map 

Description 

Bridge was damaged in 1913 flood, and center steel girder and two concrete piers were added after a complete rebuild. In May of that year a Southbound mixed train suffered a collapse of the new North concrete pier sending the entire new span, the engine and one box car to fall causing a fatal injury to the engineer who died on the way to a Huntington Hospital. Later a footbridge was added to allow passengers to cross the river until a new permanent structure was built. While under construction, another temporary lower bridge was built to carry trains across, which according to the book "Ghost Railroads Of Indiana" would occasionally be unidated by water causing doubt among passengers crossing this temporary bridge that the rails were indeed there. Entire rail line was abandoned and pulled up by 1918, and that may include the bridge. There doesn't appear to be any public access to this former bridge site unfortunately.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck girder bridge over Wabash River on Formerly Cincinnati Bluffton and Chicago Railroad
Location
Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana
Status
Removed
History
Part of a grand plan to connect Chicago to Cincy, abet late, that suffered financial problems it's entire existance. Bridge scene of collapse and derailment involving one fatality.
Railroad
- Cincinnati, Bluffton, & Chicago Railroad (CB&C)
Design
Originally all wood construction, a center steel girder with concrete piers was added after bridge was damaged in 1913 flood. This left other piers and bridgework of original wood stringer type construction intact or repaired in addition to the new section.
Dimensions
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Also called
Corned beef and cabbage Wabash Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.75068, -85.17885   (decimal degrees)
40°45'02" N, 85°10'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/653740/4512675 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Uniondale
Inventory number
BH 48775 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2011: Added by James Norwood

Sources 

  • James Norwood