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GR&I - Wabash River Bridge

Photos 

Circa 1971 photo of bridge with Penn Central freight.

3 classic EMD F7's "Covered Wagons" lead a freight past this structure.

From Denniz Jiminez collection

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BH Photo #143038

Street View 

Description 

Pairing with the St. Mary's span from Decatur has been completed and the structure has been painted a beautiful Red color.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Wabash River on former Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad.
Location
Adams County, Indiana
Status
Open for pedestrians on a new trail system.
Future prospects
Restored for a trail system with the missing span being replaced with one from the same line that originally crossed the St. Mary's River at Decatur.
History
Part of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad "Fishing Line" from Cincinatti to Northern Michigan in conjunction with the Pere Marquette Railroad, later part of the Pennsylvania Railroad empire.
Builder
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan (Based on shape of missing plaques)
Railroads
- Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad (GR&I)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
(1)7-panel, pinned Pratt through truss (Original)
(1)9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss (Replacement)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.61699, -84.95357   (decimal degrees)
40°37'01" N, 84°57'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/673105/4498253 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Geneva
Inventory number
BH 42647 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 10, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated information
  • June 29, 2021: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • June 26, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • February 16, 2019: New photo from Mike Daffron
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad", "Penn Central Railroad", "Conrail"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Missing deck", "Missing spans"
  • November 16, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • April 25, 2010: New photo from Tom Hall
  • April 25, 2010: New Street View added by Kim Harvey
  • April 24, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Added new information
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: updated design
  • July 20, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • June 2, 2009: Added by James Norwood

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Mike Daffron - daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Tom Hall - thomas [dot] hall [at] ffni [dot] com

Comments 

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 16, 2021, by Tom Hoffman

Oh yes! I'm going up there when I get a chance.

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 16, 2021, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sure looks better than when I last viewed it!

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow! I know where I'm heading asap!

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted June 16, 2021, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They are almost done painting and it looks amazing!

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a really cool project. I wish we would see more of this when railroad trusses are replaced, especially for rail trails. I also love how they managed to rebuild the partially scrapped span at this location as well.

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted October 20, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

As of early October the other truss span is being assembled.

https://bernewitness.com/news/trail-bridge-construction-is-u...

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted February 3, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's awesome! Been waiting on this for some time now!

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted February 3, 2020, by Scott Ash (sash5282 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The work has begun on extending the trail and adding the St. Mary’s span !

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted February 16, 2019, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

There is a lot of work happening on the US27 bridge, but doesn't look like they are progressing much on the trail bridge.

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge:

https://bridgehunter.com/in/adams/bh45027/

will be moved here to replace the missing span as they are identical structures, and the remaining span currently will be rebuilt. As of January 2017, the project is currently in the fundraising stage.

http://indianarailroads.org/board/index.php?topic=4049.0

GR&I - Wabash River Bridge
Posted April 25, 2017, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like its about to get cleaned up and used again for a trail finally.

http://bernewitness.com/news/indiana-economic-development-co...

Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Wabash River Bridge
Posted July 12, 2009, by Denniz Jiminez (DJ [at] gmail [dot] com)

a circa 1971 photo of this bridge