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NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge


NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge

Norfolk & Western 2-6-6-4 1218 on a June 1989 excursion crosses the Fox Valley Road overpass stone arch, made famous in a 1950s O. Winston Link night photo of a man and boy with a Christmas tree and a streamlined steam locomotive.

Mike Pierry Jr. via Facebook, used with permission

View this photo at scontent.fphl2-4.fna.fbcdn.net

BH Photo #412026


Street View 


Stone Arch 1889. Abutments raised in 1932. Plate girder dated 1915.


Deck plate girder and stone arch bridge over Route 645 & Middle Fork Holston River on Railroad (NS)
Seven Mile Ford, Smyth County, Virginia
Open to traffic
Stone portion has date of 1896; rebuilt sections have a date of 1932
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Hybrid of stone arch and plate girder
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Also called
NS - VA645 Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.81204, -81.61947   (decimal degrees)
36°48'43" N, 81°37'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/444746/4074200 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
VA 17623 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33869 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2021: Updated by Luke: Location change per forum comment
  • April 6, 2021: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Description, dimentions
  • November 16, 2018: New photos from Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • July 20, 2018: Updated by Luke: Reverted build date to 1932, as the main span dates to 1932
  • July 20, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected build dates based on new photos
  • July 20, 2018: New photos from Timothy Phillips
  • November 27, 2017: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • November 3, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type & city
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth


  • Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge
Posted September 20, 2021, by Dee Widener (WIDENER [at] RIOFENCE [dot] COM)

The location given, "Adwolf", is incorrect. The correct location is Seven Mile Ford, Smyth Co., Va.