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NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge

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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

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder and stone arch bridge over Route 645 & Middle Fork Holston River on Railroad (NS)
Location
Adwolf, Smyth County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Stone portion has date of 1896; rebuilt sections have a date of 1932
Railroad
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
Hybrid of stone arch and plate girder
Dimensions
Span length: 13.1 ft.
Total length: 13.1 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:
Marion
Inventory numbers
VA 17623 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33869 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Adwolf, Virginia (1)
Arch (11,443)
Built 1896 (247)
Built 1932 (908)
Built during 1930s (11,080)
Deck arch (10,685)
Deck girder (4,963)
Girder (8,972)
Have street view (25,079)
Norfolk Southern Railway (1,528)
One-lane traffic (7,533)
Open (38,293)
Owned by railroad (10,923)
Plate girder (6,827)
Railroad (14,229)
Smyth County, Virginia (21)
Span length under 25 feet (6,406)
Stone arch (2,754)
Total length under 25 feet (2,271)
Virginia (1,099)

Update Log 

  • 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

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Comments 

NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge
Posted November 27, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Those stone arch approaches must be far older than 1932. 1882 is a lot closer to the appropriate date.