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Virginia Creeper Trail - Town Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by Timothy and Joann Phillips in September 2018

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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BH Photo #435210

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Description 

In 1977, Norfolk and Southern decommissioned this branch of their rail line from Abingdon to Elkton (now Todd), North Carolina. Originally built to carry coal, iron and timber to the main railroad lines, flooding of the New River, ironically caused by deforestation and the denuding of forest soils on steep slopes helped end this railroad, named Virginia and Carolina but nicknamed the Virginia Creeper because of the speed it could maintain on curvy, steep grades. The Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the more popular Rails to Trails projects, and is a boon to the town of Abingdon and more so to Damascus, Virginia.

Facts 

Overview
Timber stringer bridge over Town Creek on Virginia Creeper (formerly Virginia Carolina Railroad)
Location
Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
This section of the original railway was completed in 1900, but various trestles were subsequently rebuilt after severe flooding.
Railroads
- Abingdon Coal & Iron Railroad (AC&I)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Rail-to-trail
- Virginia-Carolina Railway (VC)
Design
Timber stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.70842, -81.97076   (decimal degrees)
36°42'30" N, 81°58'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/413295/4062966 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82967 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Virginia-Carolina Railway", "Abingdon Coal & Iron Railroad", "Railroad"
  • September 27, 2018: Added by Timothy and Joann Phillips

Sources 

  • Timothy and Joann Phillips