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CSX - White River Bridge


Photo taken by John Weller in February 2009


BH Photo #133738

Street View 


Through truss bridge over White River in Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
Built in 1886 by the Keystone Bridge Company.
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Indianapolis Union Railway (IU)
Wrought iron Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.78495, -86.18753   (decimal degrees)
39°47'06" N, 86°11'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/569569/4404204 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Indianapolis West
Inventory number
BH 39932 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • December 24, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 23, 2016: New photos from John Key
  • December 30, 2012: New photos from J.P.
  • June 24, 2012: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • April 21, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 18, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • February 18, 2009: Added by John Weller


  • John Weller - jweller [at] indy [dot] rr [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Key
  • Jesse Sharkoman Berube - jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com


CSX - White River Bridge
Posted February 15, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This Rail is defiantly abandoned when i went in 2019

CSX White River Bridge
Posted April 11, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There has been talk of wanting to make this into a trail bridge and if it is officially abandoned this would be the time to do so. There is already a trail that runs along the North end of the bridge. I will notify Indiana Landmarks Foundation about this possibility and see what they can find out.

CSX White River Bridge
Posted April 11, 2013, by Ethan (etmcdowell1 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge will probably be abandoned soon. The last customer on this track moved to Lebanon and CSX wants to rid itself of this spur. The bridge itself has a weight restriction (meaning that standard 286,000lb railcars cannot cross).

CSXT White River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2009, by Evan Finch (efinch [at] gmail [dot] com)

James L. Cooper's 1987 book, Iron Monuments To Distant Posterity, lists this as an Illinois Central bridge.

(I'm not sure if that's the line the bridge was originally constructed for, or if that's the line that was operating on the bridge at the time of the book's publication.)

Cooper's complete entry on this bridge reads as follows:

IC RR; White River

Pratt thru (3)

Keystone Br

Note: may be oldest extant RR truss; only Keystone Pratt; wrought iron; pinned; skewed; adjustable lower chord; portals.