Zachary S

About Me 

Website: http://trainbridges.wordpress.com/

Scattered all over the Internet on sites regarding art, videos, Internet culture, meteorology (my lifelong passion), music, and MLP: Friendship Is Magic, I recently extended my reach to this site after discovering my love for historic bridges. An environmentalist AND an advocate of architectural preservation, interested in railroads since before I could walk or talk. I've always liked bridges, with a near obsession for train trestles when I was a child, but for some reason my love of architecture never met my love of bridges until very recently.

I've lived near Jasper, AL, my entire 26 years thus far, near several historic bridges over the county's many creeks on winding backroads, and currently work mostly as a helper in construction work.

Recent Updates 

Old Walston Bridge (Walker County, Alabama)
Lost Truss bridge over Blackwater Creek on Walston Bridge Road
July 28, 2017: Added
NS - Coosa River Bridge (Riverside) (St. Clair County, Alabama)
Warren through truss bridge over Coosa River (Logan Martin Lake) on Norfolk Southern Railroad
July 12, 2016: New video
Cahaba River Bridge (Jefferson County, Alabama)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cahaba River on Abandoned road
July 10, 2016: New photo
Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Monocacy River on Harney Road
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Monocacy River on Harney Road
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Monocacy River on CSX (former B&O)
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Hartman Tunnel (Frederick County, Maryland)
Bridge on CSX (former B&O)
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Mount Airy Tunnel (Frederick County, Maryland)
Tunnel on CSX (former B&O)
February 10, 2016: Added
MMID Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Monocacy River on MMID (former PRR)
February 10, 2016: Added
MMID Tuscarora Creek Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Tuscarora Creek on MMID (former PRR)
February 10, 2016: Added
Old Links Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Lost Bridge over Monocacy River on Old Links Bridge Road
February 10, 2016: Added
MMID Monocacy River Bridge (Frederick County, Maryland)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Monocacy River on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
MMID Sabillasville Overpass (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sabillasville Road and Owens Creek on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
MMID Sabillasville Overpass (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sabillasville Road on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
MMID Sabillasville Overpass (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sabillasville Road and Owens Creek on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
MMID Sabillasville Overpass (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sabillasville Road on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
MMID Old Sabillasville Road Overpass (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck arch bridge over Old Sabillasville Road on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
MMID Old Sabillasville Road Overpass (Frederick County, Maryland)
Deck arch bridge over Old Sabillasville Road on MMID (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
Grey Rock Road Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Bridge over CSX (former WM) on Grey Rock Road
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Edgemont Road Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Edgemont Road and creek on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
CSX Edgemont Road Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Edgemont Road and creek on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Fruit Tree Road Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Fruit Tree Drive and Little Antitetam Creek on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
CSX Fruit Tree Road Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Fruit Tree Drive and Little Antitetam Creek on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Pangborn Blvd Overpass (Washington County, Maryland)
Bridge over Pangborn Blvd on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
CSX Pangborn Blvd Overpass (Washington County, Maryland)
Bridge over Pangborn Blvd on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX US 11 Overpass (Washington County, Maryland)
Bridge over US 11 on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
CSX US 11 Overpass (Washington County, Maryland)
Bridge over US 11 on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
C&O Canal Israel Creek Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Israel Creek on C&O Canal
February 10, 2016: Added
C&O Canal Sawmill Run Culvert (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone culvert bridge over creek on C&O Canal
February 10, 2016: Added
N&W Shepherdstown Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Lost Bridge over Potomac River on N&W RR
February 10, 2016: Added
Shepherdstown Covered Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Lost Through truss bridge over Potomac River on old road
February 10, 2016: Added
C&O Canal Marsh Run Culvert (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Marsh Run on C&O Canal
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX Conococheague Creek Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Conococheague Creek on CSX
February 10, 2016: Added
WM Ernstville Road Underpass (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck arch bridge over Western Maryland Rail Trail on Erntsville Road
February 10, 2016: Added
C&O Canal Licking Creek Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over Licking Creek on C&O Canal
February 10, 2016: Added
WM Licking Creek Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Bridge over Licking Creek on Western Maryland Rail Trail
February 10, 2016: Added
WM Tonoloway Creek Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck plate girder bridge over Tonoloway Creek on Western Maryland Rail Trail
February 10, 2016: Added
WM Little Tonoloway Creek Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Deck arch bridge over Little Tonoloway Creek on Western Maryland Rail Trail
February 10, 2016: Added
C&O Canal Bridge (Washington County, Maryland)
Stone culvert bridge over creek on C&O Canal Towpath
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX - Potomac River Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Lost deck truss bridge over North Branch Potomac River on CSX Railroad
February 10, 2016: Added
C&O Canal Evitts Creek Aqueduct (Allegany County, Maryland)
Deck arch bridge over Evitt's Creek on C&O Canal Towpath
February 10, 2016: Added
CSX - Virginia Avenue Overpass (Allegany County, Maryland)
Bridge over Virginia Avenue on CSX
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
CSX - Virginia Avenue Overpass (Allegany County, Maryland)
Bridge over Virginia Avenue on CSX
February 10, 2016: Added
WMSR - Potomac River Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over North Branch Potomac River on WMS (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
C & O Canal Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Pony truss bridge over C & O Canal on Md 61 (Canal Pkwy)
February 10, 2016: Added
WMSR - Potomac River Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over North Branch Potomac River on WMS (former WM)
February 10, 2016: Added
WM/B&O Overpass (Allegany County, Maryland)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over B&O RR (abandoned) on Western Maryland Rwy
February 10, 2016: Added
WM - North Branch Potomac River Bridge #3 (Allegany County, Maryland)
Abandoned bridge over North Branch Potomac River on Western Maryland Rwy
February 10, 2016: Added
WM - North Branch Potomac River Bridge #2 (Allegany County, Maryland)
Abandoned bridge over North Branch Potomac River on Western Maryland Rwy
February 10, 2016: Added
WM - North Branch Potomac River Bridge #1 (Allegany County, Maryland)
Abandoned bridge over North Branch Potomac River on Western Maryland Rwy
February 10, 2016: Added

Recent Comments 

RE: Bridges
Posted July 28, 2017

To be a bit of a devil's advocate, the average quality may have declined because intrepid bridgehunters have already added a large percentage of the truly historic and noteworthy bridges out there, the ones that are easy to find, and most new adds are the marginally historic ones left over after the best are on here.

There does need to be a minimum standard though and there are many questionable additions, numerous bridges I question the addition of. I am not hugely fond of most of the standardized concrete beams, slabs, and stringers etc even if they are rather old but I guess as long as their railings aren't hideous I guess that counts for something. When one county has twenty or so of them though, one must start questioning if they should _all_ be on here or not.

My thrill is searching aerial/satellite photos of old road or railroad alignments, rivers, etc for long abandoned trusses (or any bridge type really) that no one has noticed or posted about here yet. I've found several in AL, MS, and states northeast, and it's worth the hours of close searching just to find one, because then I can research it more closely knowing the location. It might get buried under a flood of marginal additions here, but the thrill of the hunt still makes it worth it.

Posted July 28, 2017

Well, never mind the rehab and reopening... as of late last year VDOT claimed that the restoration work needed was far more extensive than thought, so it appears by photos that they thew up a new concrete eyesore in its place. The historic bridge is supposed to have been preserved elsewhere but I can't find an article that confirms if this actually happened.

Posted July 27, 2017

That's true about the exhibit feature, it's exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about and I do use it when my browser is being kind, haha. It's definitely possible to even do an aerial bridge hunt from there even if it's more difficult than on a standalone like Google Earth. But it's great for planning out places to visit for a bridge hunting expedition.

I've covered AL mostly but anywhere from MD and KY south and MS east, I've got on Google Earth and occasionally play around with. I've noticed aerial imagery seems to be updated more frequently on the east coast and east of the Mississippi in general. The foliage density definitely makes winter views a must though!

Posted July 26, 2017

It's jaw dropping to realize how quickly a river can modify its course. Scary, even. Just a small reminder of how small and we are in the big picture to the forces shaping the world around us.

The abandoned oxbow bit is intriguing. I've been using Google Earth for years to track down hundreds of unlisted historic and generally abandoned bridges to add here but to make sure there's no adding an already existing one I have to add each bridge individually from here to my placemarks folder, which only contains a few states thus far. If I had a pick for a new site feature I would love to see a way to grab the coordinates from all listed bridges per state into a kml or kmz file to import to Google Earth so I could satellite search states with too high a number of listed bridges to realistically add to my placemarks manually haha.

Posted July 8, 2017

Relocated safely to a park AND replaced by a decent looking modern pony truss. If an old truss absolutely must go from its original site and another historic bridge can't be used as a replacement, you can't ask for a much better outcome.

Posted July 8, 2017

I have a model railroad book, which I believe is a collection of magazine articles, which describes this bridge and gives a detailed diagram and modeling instructions using the actual bridge's measurements. I have reason to believe that the current bridge here is the third at this location, with this being the first. I also believe that there may be at least one pier or abutment still extant from the 1887 bridge on the hill alongside the current span.

Posted July 8, 2017

Just as a matter of semantics, should we really list this one as lost? Yes, it was almost totally destroyed by the tornado in spectacular fashion and is perhaps worthy of being in said category, but then again, with some original piers still standing and the rest replaced by very similar replacement spans built in a very similar manner, perhaps it's better to list it as reconstructed or renovated rather than lost? The Kinzua bridge suffered a similar fate and I believe it's not listed as lost.

Posted July 5, 2017

I noticed it was closed, and to be frank, I am SO glad it's because an idiot broke some railings and crashed into the creek and not because they are trying to replace it, like they have with the vast majority in this county. The articles make it sound like the county really wants to repair it and keep it open which is terrific, but they need the funds for a new guardrail.

Now if only some jackass doesn't come in with a blowtorch and tear beams off for scrap metal while it's closed like I'm told they did on Smith Chapel Road...

Posted June 22, 2017

Assuming this is the same bridge as is being reported on by NWS Mobile, and I think it is, this span has sadly been claimed by high waters resulting from flooding left in Tropical Storm Cindy's wake.

Posted July 11, 2016

Passed underneath on an Amtrak journey just now. Doesn't appear to have been put back in place yet, but so glad to hear of its positive fate.

Posted January 10, 2016

If there is any good news, the town/county is rather adamant that the bridge be restored. That does not mean this WILL happen though as the bill for repair is pretty high. I hope the trucking company is forced to pay for that, but this IS the United States, where corporate responsibility is laughed off and pushed off on local communities and taxpayers.

Interesting to note, some of the photos show a wooden deck, while more recent ones show a pretty fresh looking steel grate deck. Pretty sad that a bridge that'd been taken care of so well was seriously damaged by an absolute imbecile.

Posted January 6, 2016

Well if it comes down to a bridge-sit as an act of civil disobedience at demo time, definitely count me in. Might be the futile but would certainly make a point.

Posted April 11, 2015

This... is a weird bridge. It looks like it was made by putting together random truss parts, and I don't even think it functions as an actual truss.

Posted March 16, 2015

Now gone.

Kanawha Falls Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted March 12, 2015

As per a couple of 2012 news articles, plans to replace the bridge have apparently been set forth.