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Atlantic Coast Line RR Bridge

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson

View this photo on Flickr

BH Photo #255565

Map 

Description 

Greg Ropp sent me the following in an e-mail after I had posted my shot on Flickr. --

"The bridge was put in along with the tunnel to allow the ACL to continue having a direct connection with the Southern. The Clinchfield and the P&N already had direct connections with the Southern that would not be affected by the building of the new tunnel. But, as part of building the P&N an access to the tunnel, they had to build a bridge over the new P&N connection so the ACL's interchange to the Southern would not be severed. The bridge was made unnecessary when the SCL & CRR became official partners during the Family Lines era. Then only the Clinchfield interchange was used by the partner roads, since it was the most efficient and had the most track space of the three. I'm not certain when the bridge was actually taken out of service. The tracks were still in place when my family moved to Spartanburg in 1987, but were not being used. CSX started to remove the track to the bridge around 1990. Most of this information was "taught" to me by a long time Spartanburg rail historian, the late Lewis P. Jones. He was a history professor at Wofford College, and a lifelong resident of Spartanburg."

Facts 

Location
Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Bridge was made redundant by railroad mergers
Railroad
- Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL)
Design
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.95362, -81.93657   (decimal degrees)
34°57'13" N, 81°56'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/414487/3868299 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Spartanburg
Inventory number
BH 56489 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller
  • September 17, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
  • June 6, 2013: Added by Joseph Hinson

Sources 

  • Joseph Hinson - joethephotog [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Greg Ropp - Photographer and former Spartanburg resident
  • Flickr - George Lane's Flickr portfolio
  • Jim Owens Photo - 11/22/1981 -- Southern 5087 is crossing the bridge over the SCL (ex-P&N) lead to the tunnel. They are returning after delivering a transfer cut to the SCL Henry St. yard.
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com