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CSX - NC38 Overpass


Seaboard Air Line 1

CSX train crosses over a bridge still lettered for SAL

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson


BH Photo #344988

Street View 


Concrete encased steel stringer bridge over Highway 38 on CSX Railroad
Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina
Built 1938
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL)
- Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL)
- Seaboard System Railroad (SBD)
Steel stringer
Span length: 41.0 ft.
Total length: 41.0 ft.
Also called
SBD - NC38 Overpass
SCL - NC38 Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.87922, -79.69294   (decimal degrees)
34°52'45" N, 79°41'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/619450/3860427 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1997)
Inventory number
BH 70434 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 1999)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 12, 2017: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added category "Concrete encased steel stringer"
  • May 31, 2017: Updated by Dave King: Added NBI info
  • January 2, 2016: Added by Joseph Hinson


  • Joseph Hinson - joethephotog [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


CSX - NC38 Overpass
Posted June 3, 2017, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Clark,when you all mentioned about steel encased in concrete i remember seeing up close and personal a steel beam encased in concrete on a bridge like this that a short line operates over in Bucks County just south of Quakertown Pa.Me and my fiancee both saw it and i took a picture of it.The hole was pretty big.Don't know if they sealed it back up or not.Funny how you can talk about something and then remember it.

CSX - NC38 Overpass
Posted June 2, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's what I was thinking may have been done here Clark.

CSX - NC38 Overpass
Posted June 2, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I've noticed, around western Missouri at least, that some rail bridges were made with steel stringers spanning the abutments, then encased completely in concrete.

It's hard to say whether this would be considered well protected stringers or a heavily reinforced slab.

CSX - NC38 Overpass
Posted June 2, 2017, by Matt Lohry

Definitely not a steel stringer, but not a concrete rigid frame either--I would probably call this a slab.

CSX - NC38 Overpass
Posted May 31, 2017, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

NBI calls this a steel stringer.