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SVT - Little Walnut Creek Bridge

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Ashville OH NW Bridge

Bridge on left

Photo contributed by John Marvig

License: Released into public domain

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BH Photo #500626

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Scioto Valley Transit Company
Location
Ashville, Pickaway County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1904 using an older span; Removed Ca. 1930
Builder
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Interurban
- Scioto Valley Traction Co. (SVT)
Design
7=panel, pinned Pratt through truss with Phoenix Columns
Dimensions
Span length: 136.0 ft.
Total length: 136.0 ft.
Also called
SVT - Phoenix Bridge (Name on 1914 track chart)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.71065, -82.95457   (decimal degrees)
39°42'38" N, 82°57'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/332450/4397469 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added alt name from 1914 track chart.
  • June 23, 2021: Updated by Luke: Removed category "Dean & Westbrook" as the plaque looks nothing like theirs.
  • June 23, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: added builder and stuff
  • June 23, 2021: New photo from John Marvig

Sources 

  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 24, 2021, by Luke

The narrowness suggests that it's a railroad bridge, and always has been. Where they got it from is the mystery.

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 24, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Luke,

Dean & Westbrook (D&W) was agent and engineer for most of Phoenix Bridge Co.'s highway bridges during this period. Railroads worked directly with Phoenix Bridge Co. because they could handle D&W's role. I'm not sure about traction companies, especially small ones. However may road bridge plaques that were in Phoenix's style said D&W. The plaques were of the same design because they were both made in Phoenix's facility. Only the D&W plaque you first showed is specific to D&W.

The bridge was fabricated at the Phoenix Bridge Co. facility. I don't know if they originally put it up or if an agent did. If it was an agent, D&W is a good candidate.

Regards,

Art S.

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 24, 2021, by Luke

The only plaque the design matches is the Phoenix one, which was theirs and theirs alone. e.g. This example on the Deuco Quarry route in Chile: https://angolturismo.es.tl/Puente-Ferroviario-N%B0-1-ANGOL-_...

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, that's a far reach to say D&W on this one.

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2021, by Luke

Unless Dean & Westbrook had another plaque design, that plaque looks nothing like a Dean & Westbrook plaque.

D&W doesn't have the point in the middle like the plaque on the bridge does, nor does the plaque on the bridge have the winged ends of the D&W plaque.

Uploaded image source: http://www.douglascoulter.com/BridgeSigns/dean_and_westbrook...

Image of another D&W plaque: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmhpictures/13014555834

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Dean and Westbrook / Phoenix Bridge Co. plaque.

My initial thought was that it was early because of the intricacy of the plaque but the portal braces suggest a later Phoenix Columned bridge.

Regards,

Art S.

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That plaque is a mystery to me. The bridge most certainly dates to at least the 1880's.

Scioto Valley Transit Company - Walnut Creek Bridge
Posted June 23, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It seems fairly clear that this span was not built in 1904, and instead came from somewhere else. It appears to be far older. Does anyone recognize the plaque?