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CSX - "Big Sandy Junction" Bridge


This track also carries "The Cardinal" Amtrak's New York-Washington-Charleston-Cincinnati-Chicago Route

Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in April 2010


BH Photo #160775

Street View 


Bridges carry double tracks, also serves Amtrak (Washington to Chicago-St. Louis)


Warren through truss (Camelback designed) bridges over Big Sandy River on CSX Railroad
Kenova, Boyd County, Kentucky, and Wayne County, West Virginia
Open to traffic
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
2 skewed Warren (Camelback design) middle and channel spans
2 Warren Polygonal spans, riveted (one on west end, one on east end)
13 Deck plate girder approach spans, on Catlettsburg, Kentucky side
Also called
Big Sandy Junction Railroad Bridge
C & O Big Sandy Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.40308, -82.59488   (decimal degrees)
38°24'11" N, 82°35'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/360739/4251743 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44750 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • September 23, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • December 31, 2010: Updated by Mark Frazier: Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad
  • August 26, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • May 3, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 4, 2010: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net


CSX "Big Sandy Junction" Railroad Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge along with the Sciotoville Bridge was found to have hard core camera security newly installed with a half dozen cameras all aimed at different angles at each end, and a full size utility shed to house the electrical equipment. Needless to say, I have beside bridge views only.

CSX "Big Sandy Junction" Railroad Bridge
Posted November 7, 2010, by A.Brown (rab41129 [at] aol [dot] com)

It was built in 1885 through Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

C & O Big Sandy Railroad Bridge
Posted April 6, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

US 60 used to cross the Big Sandy on a five span truss not too far down from this rail span. The stringer span in the background is the replacement. It was a bumpy bridge that used to take me to Camden Park, an amusement park located toward Huntington on 60. I have a newspaper clippings of the bridge being replaced including a picture of the truss bridge getting imploded.