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 28 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 

Plyers Mill Road Bridge (Tallapoosa County, Alabama)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Enitachopco Creek on Abandoned section of Plyers Mill Road
August 11, 2019: Updated by Zachary S: Added category "Missing deck"
Plyers Mill Road Bridge (Tallapoosa County, Alabama)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Enitachopco Creek on Abandoned section of Plyers Mill Road
August 11, 2019: Added
Saugahatchee Creek Bridge (Lee County, Alabama)
Warren pony truss bridge over Saugahatchee Creek on CR 65 in Loachapoka
August 11, 2019: Updated by Zachary S: Added category "Doomed"
NS Lost Creek Bridge (Walker County, Alabama)
Deck truss bridge over Lost Creek on Norfolk Southern
July 6, 2019: Added
Shirley Bridge (Tuscaloosa County, Alabama)
Lost through truss bridge over Sipsey River on Upper Columbus Road
January 17, 2019: Updated by Zachary S: Found detailed information
Whitson Bridge (Tuscaloosa County, Alabama)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over North River on Old Jasper Road
January 17, 2019: Added
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
Western Maryland Trail-Trail - 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

Recent Comments 

Posted August 24, 2019

Being replaced, unfortunately without documentation. Farewell to an 1898 bridge, hello concrete eyesore.

Posted August 11, 2019

Unfortunately, being replaced.

CSX - Long Bridge (District of Columbia)
Posted July 26, 2019

This is along the main Amtrak corridor entering DC and when I take the Crescent it's always a major highlight. Here's hoping preservation ensues but it certainly wouldn't be the first great truss I like to be scrapped recently...

Posted July 25, 2019

I am LOVING all these historical bridges found/added recently from old papers. It's exciting.

Posted July 5, 2019

A closer look at recent aerial imagery shows that the south span at least may be partially intact from where it fell when the center pier collapsed, sitting just downstream. The north span not so much.

Posted May 1, 2019

Looks more salvageable than many collapsed trusses, but it won't ever happen. Very sad.

Posted February 24, 2019

It's visible in that pasture on Google Earth too. A much better fate than I had feared.

Posted July 30, 2018

Alright so, after being restored and repaired in Florida, the bridge is apparently going to be reinstalled near its original location, so far presumed to be for vehicle traffic once more. I don't know how much historical integrity had to be compromised for its repair since it was claimed there was major damage that had to be repaired, but it has been repaired and is scheduled to be reinstalled sometime next year probably. A far better fate than many old rail-crossing road bridges.

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