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 - spawning an obsession for historical bridges and trestles.

Railroad bridges are perhaps most fascinating, but ANY historic bridge is worthy of interest for me.

I live near Jasper, AL, near several historic bridges over the county's many creeks on winding backroads, and currently work mostly as a helper in construction work, having not yet begun college. Despite being uh... 24.

Recent Updates 

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
MD 638 Bridge (Allegany County, Maryland)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Western Md Scenic Rr on Md 638
February 10, 2016: New Street View added

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted March 12, 2015

Apparently replaced by new concrete bridge in 2011.

Posted February 17, 2015

Appears to have been replaced based on Google Earth.

Posted February 16, 2015

Hmm. Well the linked article on metal theft is rather infuriating... major problem for metal bridges in the central part of the state. People have no respect for heritage.

There are historical aerials and maps avaliable at http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/aerials/ if that helps.

Posted February 16, 2015

I'm guessing, discovered while searching for info on the abandoned railroad plate girders?

Neuse River Bridge (North Carolina)
Posted February 16, 2015

It looks like they either re-used or replicated the concrete balustrades from the old bridge on the new one, visible along the pedestrian lanes on street view.

Posted February 14, 2015

Now gone.

Posted February 11, 2015

Now gone as per Google Earth. New concrete bridge built on slightly different alignment.

Wawona Tree (California)
Posted February 11, 2015

This, I'd say, is a pretty epic and amusing addition.

Posted February 11, 2015

Definitely looks like it to me. I can make out pins and eyebars in the street view.