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Majestic Collieries Bridge

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Old Glory

With the sun reflecting off the shiny steel ribbons, almost appears these tracks are in daily use. However, this branch line hasn't been used in years. Once served the Majestic Colleries, a Cadillac operation in its day, and the tipple was once featured on the cover of LIFE Magazine. The old company store still survives, but the massive load-out was razed about five years ago. No traffic on this line, as a small section of track off the mainline has been permanently removed.

David Price, October, 2009

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BH Photo #190067

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Old Norfolk & Western Line
Location
Cedar, Mingo County, West Virginia, and Pike County, Kentucky
Status
Abandoned
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
This served the infamous Majestic Colleries Company, which operated from 1914-1958, and the tipple there once had the distinction of being featured on the cover of Life magazine.
Builder
- Majestic Colleries Co.
Railroad
- Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W)
Design
Pratt through truss
Also called
Cedar Crossing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.55295, -82.10360   (decimal degrees)
37°33'11" N, 82°06'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/402520/4156788 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Majestic
Inventory number
BH 47268 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 27, 2016: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • December 9, 2010: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Corrected GPS
  • December 8, 2010: Added by Daniel Hopkins

Sources 

  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com