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ERES - Little Wabash River Bridge


Close up of abandoned Erie Bridge

Photo taken by James Norwood

BH Photo #140863

Link to photo of train crossing bridge 

Picture of Erie Western train going Westbound(Geo North)across bridge coming into Huntington and the old Erie Railroad yard and N&W Railway crossing.


Deck plate girder bridge over Little River on ERES (formerly Chicago and Indiana, Chicago and Great Atlantic, Erie, Erie Lackawanna) in Huntington
Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana
East set of plate girders renovated for pedestrian trail usage, West set removed.
Future prospects
Partially preserved
Once part of the Erie's Chicago to New York line, this double tracked bridge was abandoned in the early 1980's when line was pulled up.
- Chicago & Indiana Railroad (C&I)
- Chicago and Great Atlantic Railroad
- Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
- Erie Western Railway (ERES)
4 deck plate girders segments(2 per side), concrete abutments and pier, with walkway made up this double tracked rail bridge.
Length of largest span: 77.0 ft.
Total length: 155.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.88086, -85.48222   (decimal degrees)
40°52'51" N, 85°28'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/627879/4526639 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42635 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • August 12, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status and explained this "partial save".
  • June 2, 2009: New photo from James Norwood
  • June 1, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • May 31, 2009: Essay added by James Norwood



Erie - Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

To avoid confusion, I just want to clarify that this was a set of side-by-side girders. As with most Erie RR bridges it was originally a single-track line with a second added later. I'm not sure why they decided to remove the West girders, but they did kept the East set for pedestrian use.

This can be seen in the most recent satellite imagery.

Erie - Little Wabash River Bridge
Posted August 12, 2016, by Sue Nunemaker (suenunemaker [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The west span of this bridge was removed on 2015, and the east span was rehabilitated for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. It will be connected to a series of trails in Huntington.