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CSX - Running Water Trestle


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Massive steel plate girder trestle over Running Water Creek and I-24 on CSX Railroad, west of Chattanooga
Marion County, Tennessee
Open to rail traffic
Built 1968
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN)
- Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (NC&StL)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 100.1 ft.
Total length: 1,112.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.00088, -85.51218   (decimal degrees)
35°00'03" N, 85°30'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/635769/3874151 (zone/easting/northing)
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Average daily traffic (as of 1998)
Inventory numbers
TN 58SR1340003 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 36667 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 1998)
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Update Log 

  • May 4, 2017: New photo from Chris Simmons
  • May 3, 2017: New photos from Chris Simmons
  • May 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI data.
  • May 12, 2013: New photos from Zachary S
  • May 9, 2013: Updated by Zachary S: Added category "Tall Bridges"
  • August 22, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Added Google Street View
  • July 31, 2008: Fixed county
  • July 30, 2008: Essay added by Calvin Sneed
  • June 4, 2008: New photos from James Baughn


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CSX - Running Water Trestle
Posted December 1, 2015, by Tim (tnelms42 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is a link to some historical information on the bridge. From a previous post, these pics confirm it was one trestle removed and replaced with the concrete supports when the interstate came through.


CSX - Running Water Trestle
Posted December 18, 2014, by Alan Walker (awalker1829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure to CSXT and NS as it is the CSXT main from Nashville to Chattanooga and NS uses it for trackage rights for their Memphis and Charleston line. This is the fourth or fifth bridge to be built at that location. There will always be a Running Water Creek bridge.

CSX Running Water Trestle
Posted June 3, 2013, by jack wooten (jackwooten37 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

lived in area for over 59 yrs anfd in this county for over 75 uyears. the old train trestle replaced one destroyed in war years ago trestle drossses white side rd a few hundred yaeds back, it was constructed to cross freeway. lots of history in area just before trestle on right you can see historic sign denoting running water creek an old indian town. hope this enlightens yoU A LITTLE ON THIS AREA. HAVE A NICE DAY. jackwooten37@yahoo.com

CSX Running Water Trestle
Posted May 22, 2013, by Jack wooten (jackwooten37 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

i have liveed in this area for over 72 years , the old train trestle was on onl whiteside road , do not remember when new bridge trestle built think old trstle can be seen on old hwy 136 adjacent to freway, lots of history in this area cheokkee town ofrunning waterwas located nearbyy think whiteside was named for war, but not entirely sure, have you noted tearing down og old bridge up stream on i24.

this is a very historicsiote also and the remsauns of old hales bar dam are located app a quarter mile upstream. hope you understand importance of this bridge and area, if the bridge is destroyed area histoty gone forever this is reason i have fought for over year on this issue(Tdot of Tn has absolutely been terrible concerning this bridge, not a necessity only political motivated 9all truss bridges being



Running Water Trestle
Posted May 18, 2013, by jack wooten (jackwooten37 [at] yahoo [dot] com )

having lived app over 50 years near this old trustle which was probably built in 168 replaced ool bridge nearby on old whiteside rd, a marker noting running water area sits just for hwy 134 it can be seen headed toward chattanooga just before this old trestle. hope this helped some jackwooten37@yahoo.com

Running Water Trestle
Posted May 10, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looking at the spacing, I am guessing that the three concrete pillars replaced one steel support. I suspect that the original steel support would have spanned what is now the median of the interstate.

Pure speculation...

Running Water Trestle
Posted May 10, 2013, by Barry L. (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Did this bridge always have those three concrete piers; or were they added when the interstate was built to replace the steel ones?

Running Water Trestle
Posted May 3, 2013, by Zachary S

Have always wondered about this trestle, as for two decades it's never ceased to surprise me as we round the bend passing through the area (a fairly frequent travel) and suddenly this massive hulk of metal appears, towering over the road. Awesome structure.

Running Water Trestle
Posted August 5, 2008, by Remick Bloss (madirea1 [at] netscape [dot] com)

Oh my heavens!!!!!! I finally found other pictures of this trestle. Does anyone have a photo of the tracks as you are looking across the bridge, like a view from the deck. I saw this trestle when my mom and I were taking one of our vacations coming up from Florida ( came through Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky ) to Missouri. The first time I saw this bridge, I nearly had a heart attack. Man, it is AWESOME!!!!! I plan on building one like it for a model railroad.