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CSX - Northern Route Bridge


East side of the bridge

Photo taken by J.P.


BH Photo #204497


Street View 


Bridge appears to have use to have a swing span, so this bridge is a mix match of time periods which you can see in the piers via concrete and stone. The bridge consists of two warren spans, a camelback span, and 2 deck girders. The warrens and camelback are both pinned. There is a stamp on the bridge showing a paint date of close to 1905. So the bridges age and rehab date is in the air.


Warren through truss bridge over Wabash River on CSX Transportation
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built around 1900 for NYC railroad, now carries CSX Transportation and Conrail Shared Assets traffic
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
(2) Pinned Warren Through Trusses
(1) Pinned Camelback Through Truss
(2) Deck Plate Girders
Length of largest span: 217.0 ft.
Total length: 725.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Also called
Conrail - Northern Route Bridge
PC - Northern Route Bridge
NYC - Northern Route Bridge
Conrail Bridge 72/78
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.47546, -87.42002   (decimal degrees)
39°28'32" N, 87°25'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/463874/4369625 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Terre Haute
Inventory number
BH 49142 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • October 10, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "New York Central Railroad"
  • July 21, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • July 19, 2011: Added by J.P.



CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted October 25, 2012, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was laughing when i read the post, I was trying to remember if we brought James kids with us. Then I looked at the photo and laughed.

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted October 25, 2012, by Matt Lohry

Wow, really? Sorry James; this must be one enormous bridge! Standing next to the endpost connection, he looks small! Too funny!

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted October 25, 2012, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just a correction, not a kid. Assuming we are talking picture 4. That's James McCray.

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted October 25, 2012, by Matt Lohry

The kid appears to be standing on the concrete abutment on the outside of the truss, so he's safe from trains, but you're right, one must be careful around RR bridges.

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted October 25, 2012, by Anna (cutlelilscavenger [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'd be scared I'd get creamed by a train up on an open RR bridge...I saw a little kid in one of the pics, not sure that's a good idea...

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted July 21, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The 8-57 paint mark suggests it was painted in August of 1957.

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted July 21, 2011, by Justin Minor (justinminor [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The only thing I can add is that the paint stamp isnt from 1905. Rustoleum wasn't invented or incorporated as a company until 1921. My assumption is that the numbers are some form of ID marker for the bridge.

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted July 20, 2011, by James Norwood

Only info I can add is that it was part of the New York Central Railroad's line from Indy to St. Louis. It had damage in a 1900 train wreck on the West end. It probably did have a swing span at one time as there was a quest to make the Wabash River navigable for shipping that was later abandoned. Many of the railroad bridges along the river in Southern Indiana had swing spans added during this era. Today CSX uses this former "Big Four" bridge to get to Paris, Illinois at least and their mainline from Indy to St. Louis is a mix of old New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad lines. For example from Indy to Terre Haute is old NYC and from Terre Haute and Westward is ex Pennsy. You will notice the change begins basically right on the East end of this bridge between the two old rail lines. Hope this helps!

CSX Northern Route Bridge
Posted July 19, 2011, by J.P.

so any extra info on this bridge is welcomed.