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B&O - Fairmont Fink Truss

Photos 

Bridge over the Monongahela at Fairmont

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923; Courtesy of the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

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BH Photo #469276

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost three span Fink through truss bridge over Monongahela River on Baltimore & Ohio
Location
Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge in 1887
History
Built 1865 replacing the temporary wooden span which replaced the 1852 span lost during 1863 Civil War; Replaced 1887
Builder
- B&O Mount Clare Shops of Baltimore, Maryland
Railroad
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
Design
Fink through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46653, -80.14762   (decimal degrees)
39°27'60" N, 80°08'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/573322/4368896 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88795 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 1, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: separated the pre and post Civil War versions.
  • October 1, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • September 27, 2020: New photos from Art Suckewer
  • August 15, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: Corrected truss type from Bollman to Fink
  • March 31, 2020: New photo from Luke

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

B&O - Fairmont Fink Truss
Posted September 27, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I'm not only fascinated by the structure of these early bridges but also the color.

I suspect that the tension members are white or cream but I'm not sure about the color of the compression members. I always assumed red but I would expect red to register as a deep black on old film. Also, in the first image there appears to be a third color on the endposts.

Anyone with knowledge of the color schemes or early photography care to comment?

Regards,

Art S.