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Beech Fork (Trib) Norfolk Southern Bridge

Photos 

Looking North

Photo taken by Charles Kuehn Oct. 2004

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BH Photo #344312

Map 

Description 

This structure is located just south of the West Virginia/Virginia state line near Amonate, Virginia. It is probably best known for its inclusion in one of O. Winston Link's lesser known photographs, where he captured one of Norfolk & Western's 1959 "Farewell to Steam" excursions.

This is a significant structure on the modern Norfolk Southern, but gets little recognition from the railfan photographer community - possibly because of low traffic density and poor accessibility relative to major highways.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Trace Branch on Norfolk Southern Dry Fork Branch
Location
Tazewell County, Virginia
Design
Deck plate girder supported on steel towers
Dimensions
Total length: 1,343.0 ft.
Also called
Trace Fork Bridge
Trace Fork Viaduct
High Bridge on the Dry Fork Line
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.17630, -81.65389   (decimal degrees)
37°10'35" N, 81°39'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/441953/4114630 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 70318 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Deck girder (4,504)
Girder (7,968)
Open (36,586)
Owned by railroad (9,824)
Plate girder (6,138)
Tazewell County, Virginia (11)
Total length 1000-2500 feet (1,671)
Virginia (1,006)

Update Log 

  • December 21, 2015: Added by Charles Kuehn

Sources 

  • Charles Kuehn