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GR&I - St. Mary's River Bridge


Photo courtesy of Decatur Daily Democrat

BH Photo #188676


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. Formerly used to get from Ft. Wayne to Decatur.

Bridge has been relocated over the Wabash River between Geneva and Berne to replace a missing span of that bridge. The structure has been restored and will be part of a trail system.


Pratt through truss bridge over St. Mary's River on Chicago Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad via lease from CSX Transportation(nee Conrail, Penn Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad)
Decatur, Adams County, Indiana
Replaced, dismantled and reused
Future prospects
Now removed, with talk of this truss being moved further South near Berne and Geneva to replace a lost span on another GR&I Railroad bridge over Wabash River. That section has been abandoned for many years and may become part of a trail. Current info as of August 18, 2010
Built 1898; Replaced 2010; Relocated 2017
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan (Based on shape of missing plaques)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad (GR&I)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.84873, -84.93575   (decimal degrees)
40°50'55" N, 84°56'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/674008/4524015 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45027 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • July 1, 2018: Updated by Luke: Cleaned up history section to be dates-only.
  • July 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad", "Penn Central Railroad", "Conrail"
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "St. Mary's River", "Railroad"
  • December 17, 2011: Updated by J.P.: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 27, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: modified information
  • August 18, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Added replacement news video link, dates, and current status
  • April 24, 2010: Added by James Norwood

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