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SOU - Second Broad River Bridge

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Second River Railroad Truss Bridge

Looking North - Brush was very heavy and I couldn't find a good place for an profile shot.

Photo taken by Michael Miller in October 2013

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BH Photo #268156

Map 

Description 

Abandoned Pratt half-through truss bridge that formerly carried the Southern Railway across the Second Broad River

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bridge over Second Broad River on Abandoned Southern Railway
Location
Rutherford County, North Carolina
Status
Derelict/abandoned
Railroad
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Design
Parker Through Truss
Pratt half-through pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.30861, -81.80646   (decimal degrees)
35°18'31" N, 81°48'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/426685/3907565 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Forest City
Inventory number
BH 58325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

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North Carolina (889)
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Parker through truss (1,212)
Parker truss (1,575)
Pin-connected (3,659)
Pony truss (15,560)
Pratt pony truss (3,359)
Pratt truss (8,504)
Railroad (14,228)
Rutherford County, North Carolina (12)
Southern Railway (223)
Steel stringer (5,493)
Through truss (13,855)
Truss (30,961)

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2015: Updated by Luke: Merged photograph posted to the forum by Jane Gurle
  • October 9, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Changed "Design" to "Pratt half-through truss"
  • October 8, 2013: Added by Michael Miller

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Comments 

SOU - Second Broad River Bridge
Posted September 20, 2015, by Don Morrison

Hmmm....

The image Jane provided is not a half truss railroad bridge. I wonder if that bridge is the original bridge that crossed the river north of this bridge on Low Bridge Road.

SOU - Second Broad River Bridge
Posted September 20, 2015, by Jane Gurley (jgurley1703 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have a good photo of this bridge before it was torn down. We used to drive over this bridge every time we went to my great-grandparents' home between Caroleen and Ellenboro, NC

SOU Second Broad River Bridge
Posted October 10, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a half-pony to me. No overhead bracing.

SOU Second Broad River Bridge
Posted October 9, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Well, I got the pictures and confirmed what you guys speculated. It does appear to be a half-truss. The area was extremely difficult to get to, despite the short distance. The greenery was very thick. The area to the north was an industrial site where sand was being dredged for construction use, so that was off-limits. Couldn't see it from the road bridge upstream either. I was able to traverse the old railroad bed on the east side, but there were no good photo ops. All the pictures but one were from the west shore and short of me wading in the river, I did the best I could to get a profile shot. The pictures do not do this structure any justice and it was a much more impressive structure than I imagined. I will have to get back there after the leaves fall for better perspectives.

SOU Second Broad River Bridge
Posted October 9, 2013, by Luke

Good luck.

If it is indeed a half-through truss, that's pretty cool.

SOU Second Broad River Bridge
Posted October 9, 2013, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge looks like I could easily get a picture, so I'm heading out there today to take some. Stay tuned and I will have them posted this afternoon.

SOU Second Broad River Bridge
Posted October 8, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like one to me...

SOU Second Broad River Bridge
Posted October 8, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge looks like it MIGHT be a half-through truss in Bing's Bird's Eye view. (Looking southerly from the north, specifically)

Anyone else think that it looks like a half-through truss?