Here are some photos of this old bridge before they took out all but the center span. I have some old family photos of the bridge that I cannot seem to find, so sadly these aren't mine. These are screen caps from a DVD from Pentrex about the rail line this bridge was part of. I highly recommend this DVD to any rail fan.
You can order said DVD here http://www.pentrex.com/rthdvd.html For a nice preview go here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_33Xe9XTMQ&feature=player_embedded.
First picture is a side view of the bridge.
Second picture is a photo taken by someone standing on the curved section of the bridge.
Third doesn't show the old bridge itself, but was taken of the US 27 road bridge, and in the background is the current rail bridge, and was taken standing on the old bridge.
I was really excited to watch this DVD and was even more excited to find these great shows of this bridge before they took down most of it. This program was filmed somewhere in the mid 1990s.
These images are copyright of Pentrex, and were posted with copyright permission from them.
This youtube video of the Brimstone Railroad has a shot of the old bridge and also the new one. Skip to around 3:12 or so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEUH8CL5hMA
Indeed Ed. In 2007 the City of Cincinnati earned $19 billion from the lease agreements, so I doubt they will be letting go of it anytime soon. The fact the city made that much off it and the line still rosters as NS' second most profitable on the entire 22,000 mile system is amazing. A true testament to how much importance this line holds.
Alex- Good Catch! It was Southern RR first. The Lease has been renewed many times but the line still belongs to Cincinnati Southern and as an aside it is the line of the "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" song.
In reference to Ed's comment, only a slight error there, the Norfolk and Western was not the NS predecessor to handle this line. It was the NS predecessor Southern Railway that leased the CNO&TP (CS) from the city. The lease expires in 2026.
The Cincinnati Southern is owned and was built by the city of Cincinnati. It has been leased for a very long time to the Norfolk and Western and its successors. It is currently operated by Norfolk and Western successor Norfolk Southern but if any parts of the line have ever been sold by the city of Cincinnati I would be very interested when where and to whom. There were several heated political campaigns in Cincinnati to decide that they would not sell the railroad.
The info I found from the old Cincinnati Southern records, shows this is the original bridge from 1879.. the bridge supports were strengthened to handle larger coal cars around the turn of the century.
It's possible the pillars were rebuilt and stamped with the later date.
i had read somewhere that this is a modified fink deck truss. not sure if anyone else had seen anything similar.