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INRD - White River Bridge


White River Indiana Railroad Bridge-Greene County

Photo from Indiana Railroad

BH Photo #286077


Built by the Chicago, Terre Haute & Southeastern, aquirred by Southern Indiana Ry., Aquirred by Chicago, Milwaukee & St . Paul Ry Inc. in November 26, 1910, SOO Lines, 1985, Canadian Pacific in 1990 and Indiana Rail Road in 2006


Lost Through truss bridge over White River on Indiana Rail Road near Elnora
Elnora, Greene County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Demolished and replaced with steel plate girder bridge on original piers with concrete reinforcement.
Built 1898 for the Chicago, Terre Haute and Southeastern Railway, replaced in 2015
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Chicago, Terre Haute & Southeastern Railway (CTH&S)
- Indiana Rail Road (1986) (INRD)
- Indiana Southern Railroad (ISRR)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
- Southern Indiana Railway (1939) (SIND)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 1,300.0 ft.
Also called
Elnora Rail Road bridge.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.90920, -87.09568   (decimal degrees)
38°54'33" N, 87°05'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/491704/4306705 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 27, 2015: Updated by Brent Tindall: Edited "Status description" to reflect previous entry.
  • May 18, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • June 22, 2014: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • June 16, 2014: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Corrected and enlarged on builder and ownership. Added details on planned replacement.
  • September 9, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • October 19, 2012: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Canadian Pacific Railway", "White River", "Railroad"



INRD - White River Bridge
Posted June 21, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)
ISRR - White River Bridge
Posted June 16, 2014, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

I am updating the entry based on information on Progressive Railroading's web news today.

1. The line is owned by Indiana Rail Road. Trackage rights are owned by Indiana Southern.

2. The bridge was built in 1898.

3 Replacement planned for 2015.

4. Bridge is currently restricted to 10 MPH.

5. Old piers will be reinforced and retained.

6. Timber approaches will be replaced with steal and concrete. New bridge will be 459Ft. steel girder type.

7. Budget is 14m $ with 8m from state funds.

ISRR White River Bridge
Posted September 13, 2013, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Yes, it gets complicated. The last thing on the map company’s priority list is railroad names which is sometimes the hardest thing to unravel. Soo Lines bought the line from bankrupt Milwaukee 1n 1985 but CP already owned a big part of Soo. A few years later they bought control of Soo but continued to operate it as a separate railroad until about 2000 when they made it a part of CP. Then sometime around 2005 it became the short line Indiana Southern and now the line has some type of agreement with Indiana Railroad and Indiana RR trains operate on the track. I won't go into the two railroads that have owned Indiana Southern in the past 5 years.

Pity the poor map maker!

CP White River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge was listed as "CP" because, according to the "What's Here?" button a day ago, that's who currently uses the tack.

Now it's telling me Indiana Southern is the user, so I'll change the reporting mark.

CP White River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2013, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Well I see what the problem is here!

"In 2012, Berry Plastics, NSA Crane, Duke, GPC and IPL moved a combined 23,000 carloads across the bridge."

NSA Crane is a Navy weapons center and depot. For this reason this segment of the Indiana Sothern Railroad is a "Strategic Rail Corridor" according to the DOD and that is the reason Washington is paying for the improvement. Modern rail cars can weigh up to 286,000 lbs and if the Navy needs the stuff the store at Crane they don't want to have to worry about keeping the car weights down to be safe for the old bridge.

On a different, related subject why is this bridge listed as the CP Bridge. It may have, ever so briefly been owned by Soo Lines and even more briefly by CP when they took over Soo. When it was built it was Southern Indiana Railroad and from about 1910 to 1985 it was Milwaukee Road then Soo till Indiana Southern took over and then, somehow it became Indiana Railroad. It's a lot of work figuring it out but I can say that CP had only a very small part in any of it and they didn't build the bridge.

CP White River Bridge
Posted September 10, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Ooohh! My economy feels so stimulated.

Salus populi....

CP White River Bridge
Posted September 9, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I believe the below article refers to this bridge... which is apparently to be demolished and replaced by the federal government. Yes folks, you heard right this privately owned historic railroad bridge will be demolished and replaced with YOUR tax dollars for the benefit of a private corporation. Private railroad companies are destroying enough of our history. I do NOT want my tax dollars making the problem worse. http://www.wbiw.com/local/archive/2013/09/grant-to-pay-for-r...