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NS - Wabash Bridge (1993)


Main span

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Mississippi River on the Norfolk Southern Railroad at Hannibal
Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri, and Pike County, Illinois
Open to railroad traffic
Lift span added in 1993
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Vertical lift Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 406.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
Hannibal Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.72430, -91.36219   (decimal degrees)
39°43'27" N, 91°21'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/640366/4398440 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hannibal East
Inventory number
BH 21994 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Use official name
  • November 18, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • May 16, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 13, 2016: New photos from James Baughn
  • December 28, 2015: New photos from Charles Kuehn
  • December 23, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 23, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Changed name as this bridge was replaced during NS ownership
  • August 28, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 8, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • May 1, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • November 7, 2008: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • April 3, 2006: Posted new photos

Related Bridges 


  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • James Holzmeier - wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Charles Kuehn
  • David Huffman
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Hannibal Railroad Bridge
Posted May 1, 2011, by Ben Tate

I added 3 old photos from when the uplift was in Florence. I think we all miss seeing it when we drive by. It was there for 31 years before being relocated to the Wabash Railroad Bridge. I'm sure eventually I'll make it up there to "visit" it. I haven't seen it since I was about 8 years old. Here's a link to the Tennessee River Railroad bridge page.


Hannibal Railroad Bridge
Posted October 26, 2010, by Leslie BH (lesliebh [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

I just wanted to say that I wondered for years what had happened to that old railroad bridge. It was dismantled when I was a child, and I can still remember seeing it when we'd cross O'Neill Bridge. Glad its being put to use instead of scrapped completely. :)

Hannibal Railroad Bridge
Posted November 30, 2009, by Anonymous

Vertical lift span for this bridge was from the Old Railroad Bridge (circa 1832) spanning the navigable channel of the Tennessee River from Sheffield, AL to Florence, AL - south to north, respectively - and abandoned by Norfolk Southern Railroad Company after ceasing its use in 1988.

In 1992, American Bridge was just beginning the Norfolk & Southern Mississippi River lift span project at Hannibal, MO. This project involved the removal and disassembly a 409 foot, 1,500 ton vertical lift span from a bridge in Florence, AL, relocation to Hannibal, MO, and reassembly of the truss on barges and falsework. In a three-day outage, we removed an existing swing span from the Hannibal bridge, and floated in the vertical lift that was relocated from Florence. The project included the installation of new operating machinery and electrical systems. The conversion widened the navigation clearance by several hundred feet when the swingspan pivot pier was removed. Superintendent was Ugo Del Costello.

Hannibal Railroad Bridge
Posted March 23, 2008, by David B. Haun (dbhaun [at] gmail [dot] com)

Proper name Wabash Bridge built for the Wabash Railroad should be filed as Wabash Bridge for Railroad at Hannibal Missouri.