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Wabash/GTW Overpass

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Wabash GTW Bearing

Photo taken by R. Mark Pittman in April 2021

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BH Photo #496638

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Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Warren through truss bridge over Canadian National Railway on abandoned former Wabash Railroad 4th District Railroad
Location
La Porte County, Indiana
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1918 as part of the Wabash's line from Chicago to Detroit, abandoned by NS in the 1980's.
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Grand Trunk Railroad (GT)
- Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTW)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Skewed Warren through truss bridge w/stone abutments
Dimensions
Total length: 195.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 33.0 ft.
Skew angle
17 degrees
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #1620
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.53114, -86.67629   (decimal degrees)
41°31'52" N, 86°40'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/527004/4597771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
LaPorte East
Inventory number
BH 54048 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 30, 2021: New photos from R. Mark Pittman
  • September 15, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information from facebook post
  • May 24, 2017: New Street View added by J.P.
  • December 3, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash bridge number, date erected and measurements
  • October 31, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Norfolk & Western Railway"
  • October 31, 2012: Updated by James Norwood: Changed railroad history, not CSS&SB, but Wabash(N&W, NS).
  • October 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Interurban"
  • October 20, 2012: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Chicago, South Shore, South Bend Railroad", "Skewed", "Railroad", "Canadian National Railway"

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Norwood
  • James Holzmeier - wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • R. Mark Pittman - mmrmpittman1 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Wabash/GTW Overpass
Posted May 15, 2021, by Robert Craft (rlrpcraft [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Still standing as of May 15, 2021, though the bridge abutments and the bridge ties are not in good shape. Information on Bridgehunter.com is accurate except for the "Design" information. The bridge is a skewed Pratt truss, not a Warren truss. Also, the trusses themselves sit on skewed, poured concrete abutments. The bridge ties are extended to the fill by skewed beam bridges at each end, which also sit on the same skewed, poured concrete abutments. Very neat engineering. The cut stone retaining walls at the west and east ends of the bridge appear to have been part of the original abutment for an earlier bridge, but seem to function now only as roadbed fill retaining walls for the current bridge.

Wabash/GTW Overpass
Posted April 30, 2021, by R. Mark Pittman (mmrmpittman1 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Impressive bridge structure to visit. Abandoned railroad steel truss bridge on concrete/limestone substructure. It spans over an active rail line. That made it a little difficult to get to without walking down railroad property (which railroads frown upon). Had to get permission from property owner to access it from their land. Took a bit of a hike through woods to get to. Views were limited from vantage point, but it was well worth the trip. More photos are uploaded.