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 

Swayback Bridge (Winston County, Alabama)
Girder bridge over Rock Creek (Smith Lake) on Co Rt 77 (Helicon Road)
March 12, 2018: New Street View added
Swayback Bridge (Winston County, Alabama)
Girder bridge over Rock Creek (Smith Lake) on Co Rt 77 (Helicon Road)
March 12, 2018: Added
Rock Creek Bridge (Cullman County, Alabama)
Pony truss bridge over Rocky Creek on CR 821
February 25, 2018: Updated by Zachary S: Updated, removal and either replacement or road abandonment planned
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)
Slab bridge over Pangborn Blvd on CSX (former WM)
February 10, 2016: New Street View added
CSX Pangborn Blvd Overpass (Washington County, Maryland)
Slab 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

Recent Comments 

Posted June 27, 2018

Oh wow... nice catch. There's gotta be more of these scattered in the woods throughout the state that are impossible to see from satellite imagery/aerials

Posted June 27, 2018

Well that's a damn shame. Too bad it's really difficult to preserve railroad-owned bridges on active lines; often nearly zero warning ahead of time and of course being a business their focus is, unfortunately but certainly understandably, on newer bridges for heavier loads and stack trains rather than historic preservation

Posted March 6, 2018

Looks to have been replaced by a modern pony truss span very recently. There's just never any good news in these parts.

Posted March 6, 2018

Tragically... new Google Earth update shows the spans gone, perhaps lost due to flooding, as the center pier is collapsed. Very, very unfortunate loss.

Posted February 25, 2018

http://cullmantoday.com/2018/02/22/30-ton-big-rig-crumples-3...

Well... As much as the bridge is unfit for vehicle traffic now due to damage, the collapse is not as total as I thought. One endpost may be toast and there is significant damage toward the middle but there is a lot to salvage. That said, the county plans on demolishing it and either abandoning the short road or building a new bridge. I guess I'll contact the county and plea for a careful removal and not a total demolition, as they insist repair cost is prohibitive...

Posted February 23, 2018

News articles continue to insist it's Brown's Bridge that the county is adamant on replacing soon, but I can't help but wonder if they're actually referring to the Oakman-Parrish Road truss a bit to the east, that's been closed for a decade or more. Will change this one to doomed regardless, until I can make absolutely sure.

The road department is completely broke in Walker County though and they admit that a lot of replacement and rehab projects will be on hold for a long time. That is kind of a mixed blessing I guess with multiple abandoned trusses throughout, but not so great with the maintenance needed to keep them intact. They take good care of the Country Club Road bridge, oldest in the state still open to traffic though... so far. No plans to replace that I know of, a sort of historic marker, replaced approach guardrails, and relatively new paint. A few others however have been lost in the last decade.

Several bridges are on the state chopping block, but unless things change, there may be time to save the closed and abandoned ones in Walker County while the budget demands priorities elsewhere. I hope there's community support for that.

Posted February 22, 2018

Welp. Count this as another one lost to an overloaded truck. THIRTY ton, fifty three foot Dollar General truck tried to cross, leading to at least a partial collapse. This was just today so no idea what happens next but... very unlikely to salvage. WHY. WHY ARE TRUCK DRIVERS LIKE THIS. UGGGHH

Posted February 18, 2018

Highly unfortunate and disappointing; never got to go see this one though it's close by. These small bridges could be moved and saved far more easily than most, but seems like unless there's a major concerted community effort, there's not even a snowball's chance in hell. Though complicated, I'm sure, in this case by having to also talk with CSX in getting it moved since it was over their line. Even though long abandoned I can't say I am surprised; these wood overpasses are being removed at a very rapid rate. This is sad, because I quite like them.

Posted February 15, 2018

Demolition should be nearly complete by now, was half removed back in November when I last went by - over the new bridge, for the first time. Was always a bit of a fun adventure to cross this one going to the mountains, and very frustrated it wasn't preserved as a walking bridge (there was quite a bit of support and a plan in the making) because of eleventh hour nonsense thrown in about its stability in case of a _10,000_ year flood. A small part might go toward building a bridge in a city park, but we'll see.

Posted February 14, 2018

Very cool to find more info on this. I hadn't had much luck web searching or a chance to visit the area yet.

Posted February 13, 2018

Have yet to notice an article specifically stating such, but in passing by lately I notice the bridge closed sign is gone. And as a recent newspaper photo regarding the January snow showed a recent picture of the bridge seemingly open to traffic (aside from the dicey travel days with snow and ice) with new guardrails on the approach, I'm assuming it's back open to traffic again now. Pretty good news there.

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.