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WVRR - Williams Creek Bridge


WWVR @Williams Creek

The West Branch of the Whitewater River is behind the bridge in this shot.

Photo taken by Ed Hollowell in December 2009


BH Photo #155423


Street View 


Part of the Whitewater Valley Railroad, a museum rail line which runs from Connersville, IN to Metamora, IN (17 Mi.) the bridge crosses Williams Creek just before it reaches the west branch of the Whitewater River. The rail line is running parallel to the Whitewater at this point. The railroad was built on the right of way of the Whitewater Canal and was finished in 1867. The current bridge was built in 1917 and that is close to the 1913 floods which destroyed so many bridges in the area that it is reasonable to assume it's predecessor was at least damaged by that event. The railroad was taken over by the New York Central in 1930 and became Penn Central in 1968 before Whitewater Valley Railroad took over in 1977.


Pony arch bridge over Williams Creek on Whitewater Valley Railroad
Fayette County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1917 and 1918.
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- Whitewater Valley Railroad (WVRR)
I would describe it as a steel plate pony arch.
Length of largest span: 99.0 ft.
Total length: 198.0 ft.
Deck width: 7.0 ft.
Also called
Two Arch Bridge (what the locals call it)
Twin Arch (What the railroad calls it)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.59621, -85.15570   (decimal degrees)
39°35'46" N, 85°09'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/658357/4384567 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
776 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 44164 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2020: New photo from Ed Hollowell
  • February 28, 2016: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Correct date and lenght and add name.
  • October 9, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Whitewater Valley Railroad"
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 7, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • February 17, 2010: Added by Ed Hollowell



Williams Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted February 26, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You could almost label this as a "Bowstring Girder"

A very unique bridge!