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First Cincinnati Southern Railroad Bridge

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The Cincinnati Southern Railway Bridge of 1877 Over the Ohio River. 3822ft. Longest span 515ft.

From The Cincinnati Southern Railway: a history. A complete and concise history By Charles Gilbert Hall 1902

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BH Photo #162302

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Description 

At the time of construction the 515 foot truss of this bridge was the longest truss span in the world. Original contract was for $663,570. The final cost was slightly higher. It had eight approach spans, three of which were through trusses of 150 (1) and 70 (2) feet and five deck trusses, three of 150 ft. and two of 100. The approaches were 968 ft. of the total length.

Facts 

Overview
Lost through truss swing bridge over Ohio River on the Cincinnati Southern Railroad at Cincinnati
Location
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, and Kenton County, Kentucky
Status
Superstructure replaced
History
Built 1869-1877; superstructure replaced by current bridge in 1922
Builder
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- Cincinnati Southern Railway (CNTP)
Design
Through truss swing bridge
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 515.0 ft.
Total length: 3,822.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09804, -84.54204   (decimal degrees)
39°05'53" N, 84°32'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/712558/4330532 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Covington
Elevation
431 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 44720 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • April 15, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • April 14, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Additional discription and details of spans and costing
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added lenghts
  • April 3, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Added building company
  • April 3, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Comments 

First Cincinnati Southern Railroad Bridge
Posted April 3, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

A good photo showing the modification of the old piers to the new bridge is at http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/southern-tour8.html