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CSX - Big Blue River Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #136825

Street View 


CSX - Big Blue River Bridge

video by Mike Daffron


Warren through truss bridge over Big Blue River in Shelbyville
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana
Built 1916 by the King Bridge Co. Once hosted named passenger trains such as the James Whitcomb Riley of the New York Central Railroad, today CSX utilizes the line only occasionally on a turn from Indy to Shelbyville.
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Riveted Warren through truss
Total length: 330.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.52949, -85.77675   (decimal degrees)
39°31'46" N, 85°46'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/605131/4376251 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
752 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 42280 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2020: New video from Mike Daffron
  • August 29, 2020: New photos from Mike Daffron
  • March 30, 2020: New photos from Jim Grey
  • October 10, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 18, 2010: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • February 18, 2010: Updated by James Norwood: Added Coordinates, railroad information
  • May 6, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson
  • April 9, 2009: Added by Anthony Dillon

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CSX - Big Blue River Bridge
Posted August 29, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

I walked this today and it is awesome! Don't know if I was supposed to, but... Like you said, Tony, there are no "No Trespassing" signs. It is situated at the Trailhead station.

CSX Big Blue River Bridge
Posted August 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

John, I have noticed that and assume it is for railroad personnel for bridge inspection and such. That being said, the usual "No Trespassing" signs are absent from this bridge and I have noticed people walking across it.

CSX Big Blue River Bridge
Posted August 6, 2019, by John Stigall (johnstigall [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting this bridge has pedestrian safety features like grating and rails to keep you from falling from it.

Big Blue River CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted July 7, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This was NOT the bridge involved in yesterday's derailment.

That span appeared to be a 2-span girder of some type and was located just North of US52 near Morristown. It was said to be 100 years old.

Although I hate to see any historic bridge destroyed, I am glad it wasn't this nice King Warren through truss.

Big Blue River CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted July 7, 2011, by Brad Lain

I knew that the news said it was a Railroad Bridge outside Morristown IND but i don't know which one they meant. They acted like it was on Blue River

Big Blue River CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted July 7, 2011, by J.P.

I don't this was the bridge, as the accident happened outside of morristown Indiana. And this bridge is located near shelbyville Indiana. The bridge looking at google earth I believe is a plate girder or trestle. And the cause they believe was a bent rail.

Big Blue River CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted July 6, 2011, by Brad Lain

If rhe Railroad Dept. does not put this Big Bridge back in place ( if this is the one that they are talking about being knocked into the River from a De-Railment in the news ) then i would love to see a replica / duplicate of it

Big Blue River CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted July 6, 2011, by Brad Lain

I think that this is the Big Bridge that a Train knocked into the River on July 6th 2011. Hopefully that the Railroad Dept. will be able to put it back in place like it origionally was before the Train hit it into the River

Big Blue River CSX Railroad Bridge
Posted May 10, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

My understanding is that the Central Railroad of Indiana, who took over the old NYC line from Shelbyville south to Cincinnati now exchanges some traffic to/from the Honda plant at Greensberg with CSX at this point.