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B&O - Grafton Bridge

Photos 

Photocopy Of Photograph, 1972. Grafton Bridge. (Taken From 'American Railroad Bridges,' Trans, A.S.C.E., Theodore Cooper, 1889)

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #316249

Map 

Description 

Typical of the transition from timber to metal bridge construction, the original Fink spans were probably the longest tri-composite trusses then (1854) in existence, and most likely represented the maximum possible length for the design. One original pier remains, partly supporting a deck plate girder bridge.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Lost Fink through truss bridge over Tygart Valley River on B&O Railroad
Location
Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1854
Design
Fink through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.33930, -80.02391   (decimal degrees)
39°20'21" N, 80°01'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/584116/4354884 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 66105 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2015: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER WV-11 - Northwestern Virginia Railroad, Grafton Bridge, Spanning Tygart Valley River, Grafton, Taylor County, WV