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Nickel Plate-St. Mary's River Bridge (Southern)

Photo 

The bridge in front is the Southern span

Likely taken from the Main Street Bridge. It was another of the beautiful "City" Whipple trusses.

Pre 1923 photo

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BH Photo #471946

Map 

Description 

This was the Southern of two spans built by the Nickel Plate Railroad about 1895. It was a single-track bridge that was used mainly for passenger trains. It's removal was unfortunate because the pair together made for a beautiful picture.

A big Thank You to Laura Weston and Craig Berndt for information on this bridge!

Facts 

Overview
Lost Camelback through truss bridge over St Mary's River on Railroad
Location
Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built ca. 1895 by the Nickel Plate Railroad; removed sometime prior to 1981.
Railroad
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
Design
9-panel, pinned Camelback through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.07928, -85.15374   (decimal degrees)
41°04'45" N, 85°09'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/655090/4549200 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89259 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (7,674)
9-panel truss (147)
Allen County, Indiana (103)
Built 1895 (278)
Built during 1890s (3,007)
Camelback truss (378)
Ft. Wayne, Indiana (15)
Indiana (4,947)
Lost (25,318)
New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (114)
Pin-connected (3,944)
Railroad (15,696)
Skewed (4,919)
Through truss (15,291)
Truss (33,159)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added categories "9-panel truss", "Pin-connected", "Skewed"
  • May 12, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added railroad's category

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