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CSX - Levisa Subdivision Bridge



A glorious winter shot.

David Price, February, 2010


View this photo at railpictures.net

BH Photo #212883

Street View 


The Levisa Fork Railroad Bridge was erected by the Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Company in 1894 and crossed over the mouth of the Big Sandy River between Kenova, West Virginia, and Catlettsburg, Kentucky along the mainline of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The original c. 1894 truss spans were relocated to serve the newly christened C&O Levisa Subdivision in Pike County in 1943-44 and remained in use until 2017 when the last coal loadout closed. The tracks were removed in 2021.


Parker Camelback through truss bridge over Big Sandy River (Levisa Fork) at junction with Russell Fork on former CSX Levisa Branch
Millard, Pike County, Kentucky
Built 1894 by the Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. over Big Sandy River, moved c. 1945 to serve the Levisa Subdivision.
- Pencoyd Bridge & Construction Co. of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania [also known as A & P Roberts Co.]
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Parker through truss
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.40710, -82.44091   (decimal degrees)
37°24'26" N, 82°26'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/372476/4141009 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49530 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2022: Updated by Sherman Cahal: minor update of text
  • February 16, 2020: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • November 4, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: History clarification
  • April 10, 2012: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • September 7, 2011: Added by Daniel Hopkins
  • June 23, 2010: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • June 23, 2010: Added by C Hanchey



CSX - Levisa Branch Bridge
Posted March 21, 2022, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] outlook [dot] com)

Tracks have been removed up to the junction point with the mainline.

Levisa Branch Bridge/ millard bridge
Posted August 27, 2016, by patricia kazakos (My68vette [dot] pk [at] gmail [dot] com)

i have photos from 1945 from my grandma who lived next to it if you d like some more pics, she took a few different angles with hand drawn maps on back..

Levisa Branch Bridge
Posted August 7, 2012, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

Comparing David Price's picture from 2010 (number 1) to Calvin's in 2012 (number 80) a lot has changed in the two years it seems like the bridge is being prepared for use especially since the walkway was added and it looks like some maintenance was started.

Levisa Branch Bridge
Posted April 10, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So the logical question: Where was it originally? Anything on the web about the move?

Levisa Branch Bridge
Posted April 10, 2012, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That's correct.. 1894 was the original build year for the structure itself on the Ohio, and it was relocated in 1960 by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, which is now part of CSX.

Levisa Branch Bridge
Posted April 10, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Picture 20 shows a 1890 build date. Should we assume the 1960 date is the date it was moved to this location?

Levisa Branch Bridge
Posted April 10, 2012, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I could not resist the urge to go and see this majestic giant in person. The end railing supports from Daniel's elegant winter setting picture have been removed, and the bridge seems to have morphed into a rustic relic that fits perfectly into its surroundings, yet has seen better days. It also now supports a walking grate. Easy to believe that it once spanned the Ohio River; I was shocked at the tremendous girth and the huge support pillars. It seems to be much stronger than the bridges that support coal cars around it in the area.