Wabash Railroad Bridge #2786V.25ISRY - 645th Avenue Overpass (Monroe County, Iowa)
Wabash Railroad Bridge #24Wabash - Engleholm Creek Bridge (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Luke if you can find any other images of WAB bridges from IDOT I would greatly love to hear from you!
Great find, Luke!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Great updates on the travails of the bridge, thanks James Norwood!
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.
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!!
Wabash Railroad Historical Society
Matt Lohry: updated as per your astute observation. Thanks!
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.
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.
Corrected, thank you
Very informative link that is provided here. Great discussion! Thanks for linking to it!
Agree with John...thanks for posting these photos, Dylan!!