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Attica Railroad Bridge


Wabash River Bridge, Attica

Pub. by The B. H. Grimes Co., Frankfort, Ind.

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BH Photo #183687



The Continental Limited train was the one that wrecked on it in 1914. Bridge had been damaged earlier that same day after a freight train derailment. Railroad officials had sent a switch engine over the bridge after cleanup to see if it would hold up as the Continental Limited was due to pass soon. They gave the ok for the passenger train to cross, which it did a a crawl, but the bridge had been damaged further that they thought and some of the cars fell 25 feet killing 3 and injuring 40. Dozens witnessed the wreck as a crowd had gathered while the earlier derailment was being cleaned up. The bridge was somehow fixed and reopened one week after the disaster for traffic. Today a deck plate girder system is used across this bridge site and Norfolk Southern Railway has 25 or more trains a day crossing it.


Lost Through truss bridge over Wabash River on Norfolk Southern Railway at Attica
Attica, Fountain County, Indiana, and Warren County, Indiana
Replaced by new bridge
Original bridge at this location built 1880; replaced by new bridge at an unknown date
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 1,820.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 22.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #453
Wabash Railway bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29940, -87.24930   (decimal degrees)
40°17'58" N, 87°14'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/478813/4461018 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46702 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2015: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash bridge number; updated measurements
  • July 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Wabash Railroad"
  • October 27, 2010: Added by James Norwood