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CNTP - Cumberland River Bridge


The only truly clear photo of the old Burnside bridge. A 1940's company photo of a freight train crossing the bridge southbound. Note Tunnel #4 directly behind. Also of interest is the curved design.

Unknown company photographer

BH Photo #243877



Built 1880 by the Cincinnati Southern Railway, a company owned by the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. The line was operated by Cincinnati, New Orleans, & Texas Pacific Railway for a time then by Southern Railroad and Norfolk Southern.

Original Burnside CNO&TP bridge. The bridge originally carried the railroad from the OLD Burnside on a curved trestle, over the then Cumberland River...not lake...and directly into Tunnel #4 and into Tunnel #3 as well before meeting back up with the current CNO&TP grade. The tunnels are located under the US 27/KY 90 interchange and the bridge abuttment is 100 feet from the south portal of tunnel 4. The bridge was replaced due to the projected lake levels. This was an early opportunity for an anxious Southern Railway to eliminate two more of the low clearanced CNO&TP tunnels as well.


Lost Deck truss bridge over Cumberland River on Norfolk Southern Railway at Burnside
Burnside, Pulaski County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1880 for the Cincinnati Southern Railway, replaced in 1955
- Cincinnati Southern Railway (CNTP)
- Cincinnati, New Orleans, & Texas Pacific Railway (CNO&TP; CNTP)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Main spans: Three iron Pratt deck truss spans with polygonal lower chords (two spans later replaced with deck girder and channel span replaced by steel Warren deck truss)
Deck width: 6.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.99428, -84.61007   (decimal degrees)
36°59'39" N, 84°36'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/712680/4096908 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54685 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2015: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • October 7, 2015: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • November 3, 2013: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Clarification of history and builder
  • November 30, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added railroads to categories
  • November 30, 2012: Added by Alex Wood

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