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CSX - Big Four Bridge

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Photo taken by James Baughn in July 2009

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Description 

Large 5 span open-spandrel concrete arch bridge more than 200 feet tall and 400 feet long. It has crumbling concrete in spots and has been patched to repair wear and tear damage.

Facts 

Overview
Massive Open-spandrel arch bridge over Great Miami River and city streets on CSX Railroad
Location
Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1924
Builder
- Walsh Construction Co. of Davenport, Iowa
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Open-spandrel arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 135.0 ft.
Total length: 783.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.27417, -84.15359   (decimal degrees)
40°16'27" N, 84°09'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/742010/4462076 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sidney
Inventory number
BH 43051 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 16, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Description edit
  • November 2, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: added description
  • September 17, 2011: New photo from Dan Weinert
  • September 23, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 10, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 8, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • February 8, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • July 22, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • July 21, 2009: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • Dan Weinert - danweinert [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Big Four Bridge
Posted June 16, 2013, by Susan Houser (brshouserfluffy [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was so excited to see this bridge as I have not seen it since about 1967 or'68. When I was a kid, we would walk on top and in the spans. Of course, we passed on the stories of a man buried alive in the cement cause he fell in when it was being built. I have often wondered if that was true. I will be 66 this year, live in Texas, but I sure would love to see some places in my beautiful Ohio!!

Big Four Bridge
Posted April 30, 2012, by Richard Tekulve (canoeindiana [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is another huge railroad trestle about twelve (river miles) upstream on the Great Miami. It is located across the county line in Logan County about a half mile North/Northwest of the town of Quincy. It is about a thousand feet long, several spans and aprox. seventy feet tall crossing over the river and also County Road 73. This makes a total of three distinctive very long and tall railroad crossings (with two in Sidney) in a short driving distance. They all can be viewed on Google Earth or other satellite sites.

Big Four Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Richard Tekulve

Last week I trailed all of the bridges on the Great Miami River from the Ohio River to its source at Indian Lake. The Big Four Bridge is five spans and is aprox. 90 feet tall maybe but no more than a hundred . You can study a topographic map which will show everything in ten foot contour intervals.

Big Four Bridge
Posted April 29, 2012, by Richard Tekulve

Last week I trailed all of the bridges on the Great Miami River from the Ohio River to its source at Indian Lake. The Big Four Bridge is five spans and is aprox. 90 feet tall maybe but no more than a hundred . You can study a topographic map which will show everything in ten foot contour intervals.

Big Four Bridge
Posted January 1, 2012, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

I found an interesting article on this bridge from the countie historical society: http://www.shelbycountyhistory.org/schs/archives/landmarks/b...

Big Four Bridge
Posted August 26, 2011, by Ben Tate

Betsy, click on Nathan Holth's historicbridges.org link above, and it has blueprints that can give you a better idea of how tall it is.

Big Four Bridge
Posted August 26, 2011, by Betsy Bradley (betsybradley86 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is there any information on how tall this bridge is?