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NS - Strawberry Plains Bridge

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Norfolk Southern Pratt through truss bridge over Holston River, Strawberry Plains, Tennessee

Single-span simple Pratt through truss river bridge crossing, typical of most railroad bridge crossings in East Tennessee. View is looking downriver, curve in Holston River is left of bridge piers

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in August 2008

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BH Photo #119573

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss with alternating verticals bridge over Holston River on Norfolk Southern Railway at Strawberry Plains
Location
Strawberry Plains, Knox County, Tennessee, and Jefferson County, Tennessee
Status
Rusty, but heavily-traveled single span through truss bridge
History
Bridge is a replacement built in 1907, for the original bridge built around the Civil War (old bridge piers are still standing)
Railroads
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Southern Railway (SOU)
Design
This bridge is an example of a single-span Warren through truss bridge with steel plate girder approaches on either end, common of most railroad river crossings in East Tennessee
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 87.9 ft.
Total length: 710.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.06254, -83.69235   (decimal degrees)
36°03'45" N, 83°41'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/257509/3994240 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mascot
Inventory numbers
TN 45024550001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 37046 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2018: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • May 3, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added approach design
  • October 31, 2017: New photo from C Hanchey
  • July 11, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: Re-corrected location... the bridge is not in Mascot. Local residents confirm it's actually in Strawberry Plains.
  • June 9, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected location
  • December 13, 2009: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: This is actually a Warren through truss
  • August 3, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

NS Holston River Bridge
Posted June 29, 2017, by Luke
NS Holston River Bridge
Posted June 29, 2017, by Jim Holloway (jimholloway2 [at] icloud [dot] com)

Dug up a photo from October, 1976. I was a year off in my last message. My brother John shot this photo of Southern 4501 pulling a fall colors excursion to Asheville. The train is eastbound. The second set of rails has already been removed at this time, but apparently not long before.

NS Holston River Bridge
Posted June 29, 2017, by Jim Holloway (jimholloway2 [at] icloud [dot] com)

The photo caption stating that this bridge was built for double track but a second track was never built is incorrect. This line was double track from 1910 until probably the late 70s, when the second track was removed. There are photos of the new double track bridge online in a Railway and Locomotive Engineering journal from April, 1910. I personally stood at the east end of this double track bridge in 1975.

NS Holston River Bridge
Posted June 29, 2017, by Jim Holloway (jimholloway2 [at] icloud [dot] com)

The photo caption stating that this bridge was built for double track but a second track was never built is incorrect. This line was double track from 1910 until probably the late 70s, when the second track was removed. There are photos of the new double track bridge online in a Railway and Locomotive Engineering journal from April, 1910. I personally stood at the east end of this double track bridge in 1975.

Norfolk Southern Holston River Bridge
Posted July 11, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Fixed the location back. The street view of the bridge also confirms Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.