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CSX - Hiwassee River Bridge (Reliance)

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Deck Plate Girdle spans, looking north

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in March 2013

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BH Photo #255342

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Description 

This bridge, originally built in 1890, and later rebuilt in 1902, is on what is known as the "Hook and Eye Route" on the old L & N Railroad. The "Old Line Railroad" that this spur connects to, was originally built in 1890 by the Knoxville Southern Railroad Company that linked Knoxville, TN to Marietta, Georgia. In 1902 the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad took ownership of the Old Line. When current owner CSX decided to end service to the Copper Basin, the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, a non-profit organization, purchased the tracks for preservation in 2002. In the summer and fall, excursions are run on the route, which includes the historic Hiwassee Loop

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Hiwassee River on private railroad (former CSX Railroad Spur)
Location
Polk County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1890 on the old "Hook & Eye" route from Etowah to Copperhill, TN
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N; LN)
Design
Deck plate girder
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005
Also called
Reliance Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.18824, -84.49741   (decimal degrees)
35°11'18" N, 84°29'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/727866/3896787 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
McFarland
Elevation
767 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 56460 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,222)
Beam (12,261)
Built 1890 (226)
Built during 1890s (2,487)
CSX Railroad (1,265)
Deck girder (4,591)
Girder (8,153)
Have street view (22,554)
Hiwassee River (8)
Louisville & Nashville Railroad (166)
NR-listed (2,841)
Open (36,874)
Owned privately (1,307)
Plate girder (6,256)
Polk County, Tennessee (28)
Preserved (1,069)
Railroad (13,204)
Tennessee (1,062)
Timber stringer (3,374)

Update Log 

  • June 4, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • June 3, 2013: Added by Calvin Sneed

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com