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N&W - Little River Bridge

Photos 

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Little River Bridge. This and more on my flickr page.

Photo taken by madurobob in January 2016

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BH Photo #346252

Map 

Description 

Looks to be the exact twin of the Eno River bridge a couple of miles South on this same line. The bridge and the line that leads to it are on North Carolina Gamelands. So, accessible to the public year-round, but best to avoid during deer season to help ensure happy relations with hunters. There are small parking areas on both sides of Old Oxford rd where the line crosses about midway between the Eno river and Little river bridges

Pics from flickr: View of SE side: https://flic.kr/p/D5kwES View across bridge: https://flic.kr/p/CFq7Y8 Guard rails on approach: https://flic.kr/p/DeTs8v Old pilings: https://flic.kr/p/D5jZdy

See a map of NC Railroads in 1890. This line is listed as "Lynchburg & Durham Railroad (comp. <1890)" http://www.carolana.com/NC/Transportation/railroads/nc_railr...

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Little River on Abandoned Northen and Westrern line aka Lynchburg & Durham Railroad
Location
Durham County, North Carolina
Status
Intact in good condition, in State Gamelands
History
Built 1903
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Lynchburg & Durham Railroad (L&D)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
Design
Riveted Pratt Through Truss. Remains of original cylindrical pilings are visible, replaced with more recent and robust pilings (just as with the identical Eno river bridge a couple of miles South). Long approach though the flood plain with guard rails extending about 50 yards onto the approach.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.0 ft.
Total length: 300.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.08512, -78.85805   (decimal degrees)
36°05'06" N, 78°51'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/692854/3995513 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northeast Durham
Inventory number
BH 70575 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 5, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
  • November 5, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added categories "American Bridge Co.", "Riveted", "5-panel truss" date
  • June 15, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • May 22, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Corrected design
  • January 18, 2016: Added by Bob
  • March 24, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Moved to correct location and renamed with correct river-Little River not Cabin Branch creek
  • January 11, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added railroad info.
  • January 11, 2014: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Riveted", "Railroad"

Related Bridges 

  • N&W - Eno River Bridge (Same design) - Two identical bridges - probably same overall project as this line was built in the late 1880s

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • madurobob
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com