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South Shore - Gauntlet Bridge


Photo taken by by Tom Rainford


BH Photo #346335


A "Gantlet" bridge in that two tracks were overlapped on a gantlet track to pass over a narrow span. Site of fatal collision between two South Shore passenger trains Jan. 1993 when both trains tried to occupy gantlet and bridge simultaneously. Trusses dismantled after remo val Nov. 2002 and placed into storage for potential reuse/preservation, but as far as anyone has been able to determine this has not occurred, and it is uncertain if the pieces remain in storage, or where.

More info: Trains Magazine, Feb. 2003, pp. 84-85.


Pratt through truss bridge over Pennsylvania Railroad/Wabash Railroad on Chicago. South Shore. & South Bend Railroad
Gary, Lake County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge, reportedly in storage in Michigan City
Built 1907 by American Bridge Co for ZChicago South Shore & South Bend; dismantled and replaced November 2002
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Chicago, South Shore, & South Bend Railroad (CSS)
- Commuter Rail
- Conrail (CR)
- Interurban
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 174.0 ft.
Total length: 352.0 ft.
Also called
South Shore - Penn-Wabash Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.60560, -87.38028   (decimal degrees)
41°36'20" N, 87°22'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/468312/4606058 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 61275 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Details added about history and disassembly/storage
  • March 25, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 24, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • January 18, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added photograph provided by Tom Rainford
  • June 8, 2014: Added by Luke Harden


South Shore - Gauntlet Bridge
Posted April 13, 2016, by Anonymous

Wherever this bridge is being stored it is certainly safer than where it was (Gary is basically Indianas Detroit) as this city has a serious problem.

South Shore - Gauntlet Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Anyone have more info on the trusses being in storage? I see railroad stuff stored along Sheridan Avenue south of 10th Street in Michigan City, but those visible from Street View seem to be the old riveted supports for the catenaries. The big Carroll Avenue yard may be another possibility, although I cannot get street views, I see beams or rails piled up in many areas... nothing that looks particularly truss-like though. If it is there, its either hidden, or very neatly dismantled.

South Shore - Gauntlet Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Tom Rainford (trainford308 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is a picture of the replacement bridge in 2014

South Shore - Gauntlet Bridge
Posted January 18, 2016, by Tom Rainford (trainford308 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is a low resolution picture of the bridge in 1985