ERIE - SR15 Overpass (WB)
The taller bridge is the westbound line. This appears to be soon after track removal in the early 1980s.
Thanks to "Wabash Memories" on Facebook for the photo.
BH Photo #308291
Chicago and Atlantic Railroad was originally a single track railroad across most of its Western end of the line's Chicago to New Jersey line. In time (1911 to 1916), many sections were double tracked such as in this location, but the newer grade was built at a higher elevation in many places necessitating odd arrangements such as this "double" set of bridges over a rural Indiana highway. Railroad was abandoned and torn out in the 1980's, and at some point this set of bridges was also removed and part of the railroad grade fill was used to level out this location where today one might not notice that a railroad passed through here, much less the magnificent sight these structures would have given the many passing motorists of yesteryear as they dipped below them.
Written by James Norwood
Be sure to check out the photo at the Link at the bottom of this page to view these bridges.
- Lost Concrete rigid frame bridge over State Road 15 on Formerly Erie Lackawanna Railroad(nee Erie, Chicago and Atlantic Railroads)
- Wabash County, Indiana
- Erie Railroad was double tracked in this area. Two Structures side by side, but at different elevations. Westbound track was at a higher grade. Line abandoned and pulled up in the 1980's. Chicago and Indiana Railroad was the last operator (1979)
- - Erie Lackawanna Railroad (EL)
- Erie Railroad (ERIE)
- Westbound track span has 4 piers at a higher elevation than the Eastbound(Southern) track which features a simple frame. Highway underpass undercut both bridges.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +40.98429, -85.89195 (decimal degrees)
40°59'03" N, 85°53'31" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/593211/4537604 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory number
- BH 44597 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- July 5, 2019: New photos from Jen Savage
- November 14, 2014: New photo from Owen Fishback
- March 25, 2010: Essay added by James Norwood