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CN - Hatchie River Bridge



Photo provided by Chad Smith

BH Photo #259021



Swing girder bridge over Hatchie River on Canadian National Railway
Tipton County, Tennessee, and Lauderdale County, Tennessee
Open to traffic
Built 1904 by the American Bridge Co.; reduced to single track ca. 1990
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Swing through/pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.62659, -89.60575   (decimal degrees)
35°37'36" N, 89°36'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/264021/3945659 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ripley South
Inventory number
BH 57010 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Bridge is not abandoned
  • July 6, 2013: Added based on a tip from Chad Smith


  • Douglas Butler
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com


CN/IC Hatchie River Bridge
Posted December 30, 2013, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Tom is quite right; the bridge is not abandoned. In fact, the 2013 sattelite view shows a coal train crossing the bridge. This is the former N/S Illinois Central main line that ran from Chicago to New Orleans. In its heyday, this line was a busy double-track main atery that boasted passenger train speeds of 100mph.

In 1990, the Illinios Central decided to single-track this line in order to cut maintenance costs. This explains the former double-track main span. The approaches may have been rebuilt into single spans at this date, or the bridge may have been rebuilt later on.

Canadian National gained control of IC in 1998; however, IC still exists on paper as a CN subsidiary. Therefore, this bridge technically remains an IC bridge and it is not incorrect to refer to it as such. Most people prefer to list them as CN bridges for simplicity's sake. It's really down to personal preference if you want to refer to them as CN or IC bridges. I always list them as CN/IC to cover both bases.

IC Hatchie River Bridge
Posted December 28, 2013, by Tom Parker (tscottparker [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are some pictures I took a number of years ago. I do not believe the bridge is abandoned. It is a double track bridge but on track was removed many years ago. One track is still in use unless the bridge has been recently replaced.

IC Hatchie River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2013, by Andrew (rosecitywanderer [at] gmail [dot] com)

A part of me wonders if it would still swing...

CN Hatchie River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2013, by Chad Smith (ca531 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Here are a couple more

CN Hatchie River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2013, by Anonymous

Fascinating bridge. It would be nice if somebody could take some more photos of it and post them here.