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NS - French Broad Bridge #6


Norfolk Southern French Broad #6--All views are southbound

Bridge is northbound and southbound--this view is on the west side of the bridge, looking southbound

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in September 2008


BH Photo #123188


Street View 


Pony/through plate girder bridge over French Broad River (Douglass Lake) on Norfolk Southern Railway --Bridge is referred to as French Broad Bridge Number 6 because it is the 6th French Broad River bridge on the railroad from Asheville to Knoxville
Cocke County, Tennessee, and Hamblen County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Pony/through plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.08642, -83.24925   (decimal degrees)
36°05'11" N, 83°14'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/297485/3995875 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37380 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 3, 2018: New Street View added by Dave King
  • April 24, 2009: New photo from Christopher McCarter
  • September 10, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • September 8, 2008: Updated by Calvin Sneed
  • September 7, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Christopher McCarter - cmccarternx01 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Norfolk Southern French Broad Bridge #6
Posted March 23, 2013, by Chad (Chad [dot] rogers [at] aol [dot] com)

I've read that the original bridge which this replaced was relocated to the Murphy Branch North Carolina circa 1942.

Norfolk Southern French Broad Bridge #6-Hamblen Co, TN
Posted December 20, 2012, by Thad Osborne (tgo1330 [at] comcast [dot] net)

The original bridge was indeed built in 1916. Replacement was anticipated for the construction of the TVA Douglas Dam (1942); however, this bridge did not get built until around 1950. The original bridge continued to be used although normal summer pool level of Douglas Lake would submerge most of the bottom trusses. It has since been removed down to the pier foundations, although the south and north abutments remain.