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L&N - Duck River Bridge


Old L & N Railroad Bridge

The only Pratt through truss bridge on the old L & N Railroad Line between Nashville, Tennessee and Decatur, Alabama. View is northbound (towards Nashville).

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in 1973


BH Photo #119106


Street View 

Picture History 

Written by Calvin Sneed

These pictures were taken in 1974, as a northbound train approached. The steel bridge has been painted several times since.
I visited again in 2015 and found the bridge in need of painting again. The railroad and this bridge gets a lot of traffic since CSX closed its companion parallel north-south route between Athens, Alabama and Brentwood, TN.


Warren through truss bridge over Duck River in Northern Marshall County
Marshall County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built 1913;
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
Steel reinforced Warren through truss with all verticals and end panel crash bars
Total length: 320.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Also called
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.58346, -86.72751   (decimal degrees)
35°35'00" N, 86°43'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/524687/3937784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
668 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 36997 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2015: Updated by Andy Winegar: Corrected bridge type
  • October 5, 2015: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • October 3, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • January 2, 2010: Updated by Calvin Sneed: http://www.csx.com/
  • December 31, 2009: Updated by Calvin Sneed: CSX spokesperson says CSX Transportation includes rail. intermodal and transfer services. CSX Railroad is correct name for railroad only.
  • July 31, 2008: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • July 30, 2008: Essay added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Andy Winegar


L&N - Duck River Bridge
Posted October 7, 2015, by Andy Winegar

Thank you gentlemen. Bridge type corrected.

L&N - Duck River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2015, by Matt Lohry

I agree as well; definitely a Warren.

L&N - Duck River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a Warren with verticals to me... note that the little diagonals at the end panels are not a subdivision of panel, they are called "crash bars" and designed to reinforce the end posts.

L&N - Duck River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2015, by Andy Winegar

Looks like a Warren truss with all verticals and end sub-panels. Anyone else concur before I correct it?