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WVR-Tuscarawas and Walhonding Rivers Bridge


1913 postcard view

Ebay postcard


View this photo at bing.com

BH Photo #515780


A small railroad line quickly absorbed into the massive Pennsylvania Railroad network. https://www.abandonedrails.com/walhonding-valley-branch

Likely removed in 1942 when the county was collecting scrap metal for the war effort.

This massive bridge complex consisted of a single long bridge structure involving steel Pratt trusses over the Tuscarawas River, the Walhonding River, and the Ohio and Erie Canal, with lengthy sections of timber trestle in between. From east to west, the bridge involved three truss spans over the Tuscarawas, a long trestle, two truss spans over the Walhonding, another long trestle over the Walhonding floodplain and the old turning basin for the Ohio and Erie Canal, and finally a single through truss over the canal itself. Built ca.1892-93, the complex suffered damage in the 1913 flood but was repaired and lasted until the line was abandoned in 1936. It is said to have been the longest railroad bridge in Ohio at one time.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Tuscarawas River, Walhonding River, and Ohio & Erie Canal on Walhonding Valley Railroad
Coshocton, Coshocton County, Ohio
No longer exists
Built ca.1893; trestles damaged in 1913 flood; removed after line was abandoned in 1936
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Toledo, Walhonding Valley & Ohio Railroad
- Walhonding Valley Railroad
Six Pratt through truss spans - one over Ohio & Erie Canal, two over Walhonding River, three over Tuscarawas River
Extensive timber trestle approaches
Also called
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge #1 (Tuscarawas River section)
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge #2 (Walhonding River section)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.28055, -81.86992   (decimal degrees)
40°16'50" N, 81°52'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/426048/4459259 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95958 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Merged the contiguous Tuscarawas and Walhonding River bridges on the WVR at Coshocton into one entry
  • June 30, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • January 16, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman


WVR-Walhonding River Bridge (Coshocton)
Posted July 1, 2022, by Paul Plassman

OK, I can combine the two.

WVR-Walhonding River Bridge (Coshocton)
Posted July 1, 2022, by Luke

If there was no abutment between the channels, it was one bridge.

WVR-Walhonding River Bridge (Coshocton)
Posted July 1, 2022, by Paul Plassman

When I created this page I assumed this bridge and http://bridgehunter.com/oh/coshocton/bh95954/ were two separate bridges, but after further research it appears the two were part of one large bridge complex with timber trestles between them, making them technically a single bridge. Should I merge the two pages or leave them as is?