James Holzmeier

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Email: wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://www.wabashrhs.org

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Wabash Railroad Bridge #24

Wabash - Engleholm Creek Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)

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Wabash Railroad Bridge #2786V.25

APNC - 645th Avenue Overpass (Monroe County, Iowa)
This bridge, located north of Moravia, Iowa is essentially identical to the Wabash bridge over IA Hwy. 202, south of Moulton, Iowa. That bridge was demolished in the 1990's after the former Wabash/Norfolk Southern line was pulled up.

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Wabash Railroad bridge #1097 over the Nodaway River, west of Burlington Junction, MO.

Wabash Railroad Bridge #1097 - Nodaway River (Nodaway County, Missouri)
This postcard is postmarked Sept. 1912

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Recent Updates 

NS - Coldwater Creek Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Steel stringer bridge over Coldwater Creek on Wabash, later N&W, later NS Railway
August 15, 2016: New photos
NS - Markham Road Overpass (Morgan County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Markham Road on Norfolk Southern RR 2.7 Mi W of Jacksonville
May 5, 2016: New photos
Wabash Railroad Bridge #2161 (Davis County, Iowa)
Concrete culvert bridge over Unknown creek on Wabash, later N&W RR
March 4, 2016: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #2227 - Kettle Creek (Wapello County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Kettle Creek on Wabash Railroad
March 4, 2016: Updated by James Holzmeier: Removed category "Norfolk & Western Railway"
Wabash Railroad Bridge #2225 (Wapello County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Unknown tributary to old channel of Des Moines River on Wabash Railroad
March 4, 2016: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added category "Wabash Railroad"
Wabash - Hastie Crossing (Old) (Polk County, Iowa)
Lost Timber striger bridge over Adelphi RFD 1 & Unnamed Tributary of the Des Moines River on Wabash Railroad
January 10, 2016: Updated by James Holzmeier: Changed incorrect bridge # and measurements to the correct ones, per WAB bridge book
Wabash - Valley City Bridge (Old) (Scott County, Illinois)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Illinois River on former Wabash Railroad in Valley City
January 9, 2016: New photo
NS - St. Louis Bridge (Macon County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sangamon River on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
January 8, 2016: New photos
Wabash Railroad Bridge #277 (Scott County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Unknown tributary to Wolf Run on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
December 31, 2015: New photo
Wabash/CGW overpass (Nodaway County, Missouri)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Chicago Great Western Ry. on Wabash, later N&W Railway
December 3, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Uploaded new bridge images
Wabash/CGW overpass (Nodaway County, Missouri)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Chicago Great Western Ry. on Wabash, later N&W Railway
December 3, 2015: New photos
APNC - 645th Avenue Overpass (Monroe County, Iowa)
Concrete deck girder bridge over 645th Avenue on APNC Railroad
March 8, 2015: New photo
Wabash Railroad Bridge #702B - Oakland Ave. Overpass (Macon County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Oakland Ave. on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New photo
Wabash Railroad Bridge #718.5 - Nevada Rd. underpass (Macon County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over County road on Wabash Railroad
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #721 - Mosquito Creek (Macon County, Illinois)
Pony/through girder bridge over Mosquito Creek on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #723 (Macon County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Unnamed drainage ditch on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #730 (Christian County, Illinois)
Concrete stringer bridge over Unnamed drainage ditch on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #731 (Christian County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Unknown ditch on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #732.5 (Christian County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over Unknown ditch on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #749 (Christian County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over S. Fork Sangamon River on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 28, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #755 (Christian County, Illinois)
Pony/through girder bridge over Unknown creek on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 27, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #756 (Christian County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over County road on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 27, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #761 (Christian County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bear Creek on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 27, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #775.75 (Montgomery County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over St. Rt. 127 on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 27, 2015: New Street View added
Wabash Railroad Bridge #895 (Madison County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Unknown creek on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 23, 2015: New Street View added
NS - Route 66 Overpass (Macoupin County, Illinois)
Girder bridge over Old US 66 on Wabash and Illinois Terminal, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 18, 2015: New Street View added
NS - Lizzard Creek Bridge (Piatt County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Lizzard Creek on Wabash, later N&W, later NS, Railroad
February 16, 2015: New photo
WLE - Millers Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Miller's Run on Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
February 14, 2015: New Street View added
WLE - Millers Run Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck plate girder bridge over Miller's Run on Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
February 14, 2015: Added
Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal - Liberty Street Viaduct (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Liberty Avenue on Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal, later Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway
February 14, 2015: New photo
Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal - Bigham Tunnel (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Tunnel under Wabash-Pittsburgh Terminal Railway, later Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway, now Wheeling & Lake Erie Ry.
February 14, 2015: Added
WLE - Millers Run Tunnel (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel under Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad
February 14, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added length, alternate name and new categories
NS - Fellows Tunnel (Jefferson County, Ohio)
Tunnel on Norfolk Southern Railway (former Norfolk & Western Railway)
February 14, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added measurement, history and alternate name; added new categories
WLE - Little Sawmill Run Viaduct (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Bridge over Penn Lincoln Parkway East (I-376/US-19/US-22/US-30) & Bell Road on Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. (WE)
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added length and alternate name
WLE - Whiskey Run Viaduct (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck truss bridge over Penn Lincoln Parkway (I-376/US-22/US-30) & Bell Road on Railroad
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added length and alternate name
WLE - Greentree Road Overpass (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Greentree Road on Railroad
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added measurements
WLE - Chartiers Creek Bridge #3 (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Deck truss bridge over Chartiers Creek, Pennsylvania Industrial Railroad (formerly P&WV RR) on Wheeling & Lake Erie (Nee PRR)
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added measurements
WLE - Chartiers Creek Bridge #2 (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Chartiers Creek on Norfolk Southern RR (formerly P&WV RR)
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added measurements
WLE - Chartiers Creek Bridge (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Double-intersection Warren deck truss bridge over Chartiers Creek on Norfolk Southern RR (formerly P&WV RR)
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added measurements
WLE - Cross Creek Tunnel (East) (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel for Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added length and alternate name
WLE - Cross Creek Tunnel (Middle) (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel for Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added length and alternate names
WLE - Cross Creek Tunnel (West) (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Tunnel for Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added length and alternate names
Copeland Tunnel (Harrison County, Ohio)
Bypassed Tunnel on Norfolk Southern Railway (former Norfolk & Western Railway)
February 12, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added total length and original name
APNC - North 8th Street Overpass (Monroe County, Iowa)
Lost Pony/through girder bridge over N. 8th St. on Wabash, later N&W, later NS, now APNC Railway
February 12, 2015: New photo
Wabash Railroad Bridge #2068C (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over MO Hwy. 202 on Wabash, later N&W, later NS Railway
February 12, 2015: New photo
Lancaster High Bridge (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost through truss bridge over CB&Q Railroad tracks in Lancaster
February 11, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Updated entry
Wabash Railroad Bridge #703 - Sunset Ave. Overpass (Macon County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sunset Ave. on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 5, 2015: New photos
Wabash Railroad Bridge #702F - Forest Ave. Overpass (Macon County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over W. Forest Ave. on Wabash, later N&W, now NS Railway
February 5, 2015: New photos
NS - CR 200 North/Barton Beach Road Overpass (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Deck plate girder bridge over CR 200 North/Barton Beach Road on Norfolk Southern Railway(nee Norfolk and Western Railway, Wabash Railroad)
February 1, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash bridge numbers and measurements
NS - Mauvaise Terre Creek Bridge (Morgan County, Illinois)
Concrete deck girder bridge over Mauvaise Terre Creek on Wabash, later N&W, later NS Railway
February 1, 2015: New photo

Recent Comments 

Posted January 8, 2016

Luke if you can find any other images of WAB bridges from IDOT I would greatly love to hear from you!

Posted January 8, 2016

Great find, Luke!

Posted February 12, 2015

856' long, according to a W-PT track profile. This tunnel was originally named Copeland Tunnel. It was re-named after one of the landowners where it was built.

Up Rr Bridge (Missouri)
Posted January 31, 2015

The bridge over MO 110/US 36 is gone, I guess a casualty of the 4-laning of US 36 near Cameron. Now, the BN bridge over MO 110/I-35 is still in-place, although the rails have been gone for many years.

Posted January 19, 2015

It should be noted that there are two Moulton Junctions: the Wabash Railroad referred to the Wabash/CB&Q crossing, in Moulton proper, as Moulton Junction. The second Moulton Jct. was named by the APNC, as is reflected in Dylan's history.

Posted January 3, 2015

Thanks John, I had wondered why the bridge names had been changed.

I was not aware that the alternate names get scanned during a search. Good to know. I wondered about that, since (for example) on the old Wabash line up to Omaha, there were a number of bridges already entered under the name "Wabash Trace Nature Trail". So what bridges I entered, I just used that, hoping that somehow a future researcher wouldn't miss out on these structures! I did enter the bridge number in the alternate name field on those, as I recall. So as I say, it is really good to know they can be found easily during a search.

What I am wondering though, is if I have Wabash bridges crossing creeks that are unknown or unnamed, are they all supposed to be "Wabash - Unknown Creek Bridge"? We'll end up with a bunch of those, if that is the case, since I don't have access to plat maps of the counties, just the Wabash bridge books. Sometimes the creeks & rivers are named in those, but mostly not. I'm relying primarily on what Google Earth has for creek names and such. I just thought having the bridge # following "Wabash Railroad Bridge" would provide a solution to such a dilemma.

I do respectfully disagree with re-naming my entries to their most current owner (i.e. Metra or Norfolk Southern bridge), because (at least to me) it seems to give short shrift to the original owner/builder. Just my .02 cents...I'll go along with whatever format is most properly used here; no worries!

To provide y'all with some insight on why the number of Wabash bridges has ballooned from less than a hundred to over 400 (at present), my data entry to the site is primarily for future researchers and modelers...modelers would want to know the bridge numbers for their layouts. And as you can imagine, bridge details & dimensions are critically important for modeling purposes. I have all this data available (you may have seen the scans from the bridge books I've posted on some entries) so I figured hey, why not enter it at a site where the info can be so easily shared? Modelers who email the WRHS asking "what type of bridge crossed the Kankakee River at Custer Park, and how long was it?" can be directed straight to the Bridgehunter site. Easy peasy!

BTW, I won't be entering EVERY Wabash bridge, as most are simply concrete or corrugated iron pipes. It would take me years to enter all of them! Only the most notable bridges are included...like pile trestles, plate girder bridges and the like.

On a different note, what to do about the multiple entries for the Wabash swing bridges at Meredosia and Valley City, Illinois? How do we get all those merged together?

Anyway, thank you for your kind words & suggestions. I really feel that this is the best bridge website, with some of the most knowledgeable, communicative folks out there. I am grateful to be a part of it. I have learned SO much from this site!

Best regards,

James Holzmeier

Wabash Railroad Historical Society

Posted January 1, 2015

Great updates on the travails of the bridge, thanks James Norwood!

Posted December 23, 2014

It's always good to get new information! This data is from a late Wabash-era (or very early N&W-era) bridge book...compare the data regarding the East Approach with the data recorded in the other bridge ledger. The entry will be updated shortly.

Posted December 13, 2014

OK, here goes. The Wabash RR Bridge Book I now have lists Bridge 177.5 as being (by my calculations) 3.54 miles west of Bridge #173 over the Sangamon River, in Riverton. Using Google Earth I calculated that the Bridge #177.5 reflected in the Bridge Book should actually be an overhead-grade bridge carrying US Rt. 66 over 3 railroads (Illinois Terminal, Wabash and Illinois Central) at Starne, Illinois. So...Bridge #177.5 is now IL Rt. 29, or Dirksen Hwy, which is Old Rt. 66.

Therefore, I am changing this particular bridge to reflect an unknown Wabash bridge number. It should be Bridge #176.__. Since, as reflected by an earlier commenter, it was erected in 1962, it would still have been a Wabash RR bridge and as such would have been assigned a Wabash bridge number.

More to follow. When I can find out the official bridge number, I'll update the entry.

Thank you for your input!!

James Holzmeier

Wabash Railroad Historical Society

Posted December 13, 2014

Matt Lohry: updated as per your astute observation. Thanks!

Posted December 13, 2014

This entry was completed with a different document than what I have in my possession now. Will check the new documentation to see if new information is provided.

Posted December 13, 2014

From documents provided by Wabash RR Historical Society President Gary Roe, it appears as though the concrete-slab portion of the bridge might have been the original bridge here; its year of completion was 1912. It was not until 1929 when the actual TPG span over Hwy. 5 was completed.

Posted December 7, 2014

Corrected, thank you

Posted December 4, 2014

Very informative link that is provided here. Great discussion! Thanks for linking to it!

Posted November 23, 2014

Agree with John...thanks for posting these photos, Dylan!!