Daniel Hopkins

About Me 

Email: chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net

I'm 32 years old and have an interest in architecture and abandoned places along with railroads and the lost past of our history and have been doing freelance historical searches for 4 years and historic photographic work for 7 years now.

Google + -> https://plus.google.com/u/0/108693631188797663457/posts

Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005649317411

DeviantArt -> http://pupshackle.deviantart.com/

(Short History of myself)

I grew up in lower Ohio near the Ohio River and use to make frequent trips to Brown, Adams, Clermont, Hamilton, and Scioto Counties where I got interested in exploration of local land marks and eventually developed a slight hobby for photographing man's forgotten buildings, rails, roads, and history. This also got me further interested in model trains, which I had liked since I was probably old enough to crawl, and thus I wanted to snap photos and recreate what I saw in miniature where I started in HO scale in 1999 and after moving into a smaller space due to college I traded it in for N scale in 2003.

In 2005 I bought a nice Cannon Compact camera with an SD slot and began snapping pictures of all old, abandoned, and historic places. I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2006 where I lived until 2008 and I grew very familiar with urban-landscapes and found plenty of things to snap pictures of everywhere I went.

Late 2007 through mid-2008 I hit a few rough spots in my life and sold a lot of my model trains and table settings due to it. I grew more interested in railroads and bridges about this this time, mainly because I always wanted to know the history behind such landmarks but also because it was cheaper then buying them.

In March of 2009 I moved to Pennsylvania and started job hunting. I got to see many unique bridges, railways, rail-yards, and buildings along the way to finding a job until one day in July I was offered and later was accepted for a position in Mechanicsburg.

In September 2009 I moved to York, Pennsylvania and stumbled on this website while looking for information about some old rail bridges I had seen on a local rail-trail. I don't have a lot of money or time to go out photographing bridges but when I am in a certain local I know a bridge is nearby I make sure to snap pictures with whatever I have on hand.

Starting 2009 I started adding the photos here to Bridge Hunter where I struck up a few minor contacts in the area. In early 2010 I started helping scene modelers by taking more pictures and selling high-detailed prints but soon stopped when it became to demanding in late 2011.

In 2012 I joined Bridge Hunters and started contributing almost immediately as often as I could. Things did slow down a bit in 2013 and after making some new friends and getting more social, I backed up from the constant searching for new stuff to photograph as a crutch to my loneliness.

As of January 2015 I am still modeling an HO scale railroad using various pictures from various sites as resource material. Also currently working on an urban fantasy novel and planning my future. I attend community college at York HACC and also do a lot of artwork on deviant art.

For my cameras I have two that I currently utilize at any given moment when out pic-hunting; an Olympus 3500 (borrowed from a friend until further notice) and an iPhone 5s with 8-Megapixels camera.

Recent Updates 

Hanover Trolley Trail - Constitution Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Small Creek on Former York-Trolley line, Rail to Trail Conservation
January 27, 2015: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added longer descriptor
WACR - Barre-Montpelier Winooski River Bridge (Washington County, Vermont)
Baltimore through truss over Winooski River on Washington County Railroad
June 18, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Abandoned"
Heritage Rail Trail - Pleasant Valley Road Overpass (York County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel brick-and-limestone arch bridge over Pleasant Valley Road (SR 616) on Heritage Rail Trail
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Indian Rock Dam Road Overpass (York County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rt 182 on Heritage Rail-Trail
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Howard Tunnel (York County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel on York Heritage Trail & Northern Central Railway
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Main Street Overpass (York County, Pennsylvania)
Pony player girder bridge over Main Street (PA-214) on Heritage Rail Trail
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Glen Brook Court Overpass (York County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Glen Brook Court on Heritage Rail Trail
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Days Mill Crossing (York County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge over Codorus Creek on Heritage Rail-Trail
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Access Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge on railtrail
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Twin Arch Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Twin Arch Road, East Branch Codorus Creek on Heritage Rail Trail County Park
March 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added the Steam into History status
Heritage Rail Trail - Indian Rock Dam Road Overpass (York County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Rt 182 on Heritage Rail-Trail
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Heritage Rail Trail - Twin Arch Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Twin Arch Road, East Branch Codorus Creek on Heritage Rail Trail County Park
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Singer Road Bridge (Replacement) (York County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge on Singer Road
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Heritage Rail Trail - South Codorus Creek Crossing (York County, Pennsylvania)
Deck girder bridge over Codorous Creek on York Heritage Railtrail
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Heritage Rail Trail - Howard Tunnel (York County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel on York Heritage Trail & Northern Central Railway
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Heritage Rail Trail - Access Bridge (York County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge on railtrail
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Heritage Rail Trail - Days Mill Crossing (York County, Pennsylvania)
Slab bridge over Codorus Creek on Heritage Rail-Trail
March 12, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated name to match other Heritage Rail Trail labels on site
Haw Creek Bridge (Morgan County, Missouri)
Deck truss bridge over Haw Creek on former Rock Island RR
February 10, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Tall Bridges"
ST - Hoosac Tunnel (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Tunnel under Hoosac Mountains on Pan Am Railways
January 13, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Removed vidoes, all links were removed by Youtube as account it belonged to was shut down
Appalachian Railroad Crossing (Brown County, Ohio)
Abandoned bridge over James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway
January 1, 2014: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Bridge was demolished in spring of 2012, updated status
Enola Low Grade Trail - Safe Harbor Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned bridge on former PRR low-grade freight line, it crosses over the Congestoga Creek and passes by the Safe Harbor Powerplant
October 14, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Renamed the proper current name
ST - Hoosac Tunnel (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Tunnel under Hoosac Mountains on Pan Am Railways
August 14, 2013: New video
Old CSX Crossing (Harrison County, West Virginia)
Abandoned deck plate gridge over Current CSX / NS Route on Former CSX Route
July 15, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
Old CSX Crossing (Harrison County, West Virginia)
Abandoned deck plate gridge over Current CSX / NS Route on Former CSX Route
July 15, 2013: Added
WLE - Whiskey Run Viaduct (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck truss bridge over Penn Lincoln Parkway (I-376/US-22/US-30) & Bell Road on Railroad
July 12, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Tall Bridges"
NS - Hatchett Creek Trestle (Coosa County, Alabama)
Deck plate girder bridge over Hatchett Creek
May 8, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Tall Bridges"
CM - Sage Creek Trestle (Fergus County, Montana)
Massive steel trestle over Sage Creek on Central Montana Railway
May 8, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Tall Bridges"
Pen Mar Crossing (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over CSX Transportation on Route 550 / Pen Mar Road
March 25, 2013: New Street View added
NS - Scotland Arch Bridge (Franklin County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Main Street; Conococheague Creek on Norfolk Southern Railway
March 25, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Adjusted GPS, it was off by a few feet
Huntingdon Avenue Bridge (Baltimore, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over CSX Railroad on Huntingdon Avenue in Baltimore
March 25, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Removed category "Railroad"
Huntingdon Avenue Bridge (Baltimore, Maryland)
Stone arch bridge over CSX Railroad on Huntingdon Avenue in Baltimore
March 25, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
CB&Q - Des Moines River Bridge (Iowa Power & Light Co.) (Polk County, Iowa)
Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 7, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
CN - Route 66 Overpass (Montgomery County, Illinois)
Abandoned pony/through plate girder bridge over Old US 66 on Abandoned Illinois Central Rwy
March 7, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
URR/NS Overpass (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Railroad (NS) on Railroad (URR)
March 4, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
Lancaster Junction (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned bridge on Former PRR Railroad
March 1, 2013: Added
South Jacob Street Overpass (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Girder bridge over Amtrak on South Jacob Street
March 1, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Removed category "Railroad" - did not carry trolley cars, it was a road for cars
Prison Road Bridge (Greene County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Tenmile Creek on TR 568
February 28, 2013: New video
URR - Monongahela River Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned through truss bridge over Monogahela River on Former Pennsylvania Union Railroad
February 27, 2013: Added
Conesville Covered Bridge 35-16-06x (Coshocton County, Ohio)
Lost Smith Truss Covered Bridge over Muskingum River on Road
February 7, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Wooden deck" removed "Railroad"
Conesville Covered Bridge 35-16-06x (Coshocton County, Ohio)
Lost Smith Truss Covered Bridge over Muskingum River on Road
February 7, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
Casselman River US 40 Bridge (Garrett County, Maryland)
Through truss bridge over Casselman River on US 40 ALT
January 3, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated description
Glatfelter Station Road (York County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Codorous Creek on Unnamed Road
January 3, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated and corrected history for the bridge
Glatfelter Station Road (York County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Codorous Creek on Unnamed Road
January 3, 2013: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added "Relocated"
Grant's Trail - I44 Overpass (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Bridge over Interstate 44 on Grant's Trail
December 14, 2012: New Street View added
West Penn Trail - Conemaugh River Bridge (Indiana County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Conemaugh River on West Penn Trail
November 20, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
NS SIlver Barn Road Overpass (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over SIlver Barn Road on NS/Amtrak (formerly PRR)
November 20, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
NS Little Juniata River (Ironville) (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Little Juniata on Norfolk Southern
November 20, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
NS - Gallitzin Tunnel (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel under Tunnel under Allegheny Mountains on Norfolk Southern Railway (formerly PRR) on Norfolk Southern Railway (formerly PRR)
November 20, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
NS - Allegheny Tunnel (Blair County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel under Allegheny Mountains on Norfolk Southern Railway (formerly PRR)
November 20, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
Holland Street Overpass. (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Girder bridge over Amtrak Railroad on Holland Street
November 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Removed category "Railroad" - Mistake this was an Over-Pass bridge only

Recent Comments 

Posted October 17, 2013

No the house is abandoned according to local records.

Posted November 20, 2012

I like how Google has the bridge labeled as a heritage trail despite the fact it looks nearly impossible as a "trail" :p

Isenberg Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted October 1, 2012

Thanks to Lance Myers himself, this has been cleared up, the original photo I had used was indeed Stone Creek II but the bridge and it's info are from the smaller one known as Isenberg-Crossing or Stone Creek I. So to clear up all the confusion this is Isenberg aka Stone Creek Bridge on the old Right of Way on the future Rail to Trail along the Juanata.

Posted August 10, 2012

I remember back in October of 2008 when I visit Suncook, NH that I was so confused when the GPS mapping tool I had borrowed showed a bridge just to the right where the actual bridge was and I couldn't figure it out for the longest time until someone at a local subway explained that there was an older bridge they had replaced a year ago.

Big thanks to Luke Harden & anyone else!!
Posted August 10, 2012

Thank you for helping add / re-add 'Railroad' to most of the bridges that had them removed, or never added, or so forth and so on! It was a great help to me and now we went from a measly 1,745 listed RR Bridges to a full on 1,966 as of today 8/10/2012 ! Awesome!

I utterly agree with Luke Harden's post about redundant RR bridges too....you could still add Tall Bridges to anything extremely tall (like over 2 stories or something) or Truss and that will categorized them in the correct way. Also I feel we should add the RR to Rail to Trail and Rail to Road bridges as well because despite re-purposing they were still Railroad bridges.

Railroad Fiasco (or - adding the category to all railroads)
Posted August 9, 2012

Recently there was a small disagreement with the category 'Railroad' used mostly for general purposes to ID bridges and the like as once or still used by railroads.

I and some others up until now have been removing the category off an on from abandoned, disused, and lost bridges for the past two years, well I am doing an all-call to help 'correct' this blunder. Please if you add a bridge, tunnel, culvert, or viaduct that was once used for a railroad line, add the category 'Railroad' anyway or if you would like to help with the corrections feel free to add the category back to the bridges.

Posted August 8, 2012

Alright I see your point, I apologize about removing the category and shall leave it be. I suppose that is what Rail to Trail and Rail to Road are for if the structure was re-purposed anyway right?

Posted August 7, 2012

Comparing David Price's picture from 2010 (number 1) to Calvin's in 2012 (number 80) a lot has changed in the two years it seems like the bridge is being prepared for use especially since the walkway was added and it looks like some maintenance was started.

Posted August 7, 2012

Yet I agreed with several people that if we do add Railroad we would need to add them to all 400 or so Abandoned Railroad bridges that people removed the 'Railroad' category from because most were not in use. So for now in compliance with the rest of the site, Railroad is only used for active lines.

Posted May 17, 2012

Yeah it is a Deck Girder; my bad on that one.

Jodi once gain big thanks for finding that info, I haven't had time to look up or do many bridge hunts so far as of this posting. :)

Posted February 9, 2012

From my understanding, the old bridge was moved to it's present local but the supports were used as scaffolding for the new road bridge, technically you can not drive on the older bridge but the route is still the old R&R route.

C&G RR Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted December 15, 2011

Great find! I always wondered if that was a RR bridge or just a farmers road..I did a little research, apparently this line use to run UNDER 81 and right up to where Fox Hill Road is now.

Minnesota Bridge Adders Ahoy!
Posted December 15, 2011

Thanks to Railpictures.net I recently found this old Minnesota / St Paul bridge -- 44.928911,-93.119451 -- Has anyone added it yet? I couldn't find it but I am sure someone who lives there may have already done so....since I am unfamiliar with that state I couldn't just go adding it.

Posted December 8, 2011

Well I will have to see if I can get closer to the bridge then to see the date on plate / impression.

Posted December 7, 2011

Clark Vance The alternate name comes from the local bar, Nathan Holth your right after researching it yesterday I learned this bridge was built sometime between 1884 and 1885 on Biesecker road and was intended as a horse and buggy style crossing for hauling by local farmers. I can't find much more then a date and purpose however, so I used Google maps for length approximation. Jodi Christman your right....been looking around back home in Ohio to add bridges here that I know haven't been added.