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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



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?