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CSX - Sciotoville Bridge


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in April 2010


BH Photo #160707

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This bridge held the record for longest continuous truss span in the world from its opening until 1945. See April 2000 Trains Magazine for an article on this bridge.


Continuous through truss bridge over the Ohio River on CSX Railroad
Limeville, Scioto County, Ohio, and Greenup County, Kentucky
Open to traffic
Built 1914-17 under the direction of Gustav Lindenthal, opened to railroad traffic July 31, 1917
- David B. Steinman of New York, New York (Design Engineer)
- Dravo Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic) (Lead Engineer)
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Continuous subdivided Warren through truss bridge with deck truss approach spans (each 152.5 feet long) and plate girder viaducts (north approach 822 feet, south approach 1062 feet)
Length of largest span: 775.0 ft.
Total length: 3,400.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
Deck width: 38.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.75288, -82.88577   (decimal degrees)
38°45'10" N, 82°53'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/336134/4291042 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Boston
Inventory number
BH 38455 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • November 10, 2021: New photo from Dave King
  • November 29, 2011: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: More details added from magazine article mentioned
  • April 4, 2010: New photos from Calvin Sneed

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  • Hell Gate Bridge (Same design) - With a few modifications, rules of design were the same



CSX - Sciotoville Bridge
Posted February 10, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

i find it funny and ironic how railroads stole peoples land with eminent domain and then call it trespassing if you walk on their property. Eminent domain refers to the power of the government to take private property and convert it into PUBLIC USE. Therefore the public walking across a railroad bridge or tracks is what i consider "public use". because if only private railroad companies can use it then it isnt public use it private. just as how the government stole peoples property to build the highways at least the public can use the highways for public use and same should be applied to railroads. as long as you arent putting anybody in danger or blocking a train or destroying property anybody can use the bridge or tracks.

Sciotoville Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Sciotoville Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow...my 2X Great Grandfather walked the B&O Parkersburg Branch from Parkersburg to Cairo, WV. At that time, if you needed to get somewhere, you walked the tracks - it was much easier to go through a tunnel than over a mountain.

My how times have changed.

Sciotoville Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I found two bridges in the Ohio River Valley that have very recently had extremely massive camera security added. I am talking 100 foot towers with six or eight cameras mounted and a full-size utility shed to house all the security's electrical equipment. These include the Sciotoville Railroad Bridge and also the much smaller RR bridge in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. This level of security exceeds that previously found on some INTERNATIONAL bridges.

Sciotoville Bridge
Posted April 5, 2010, by Calvin Sneed (us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Pictures for this magnificent bridge disappeared for some reason, so I made a special trip to it, to recapture its elegance. Truly an engineering marvel. Well worth the trip.

Sciotoville Bridge
Posted October 9, 2009, by Todd aka "bridgebuilder" (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I have fond memories of watching "Chessie" coal trains cross this big bridge from a riverside campground on the Ohio side with my late Grandfather Walker. He knew I loved bridges and until he died in 1980, I remember him taking me in his car just to see bridges. The older cantilever in Ashland, KY. and the cantilever in Ironton-Russell were the ones we crossed the most. When I was real little, Grandpa took me over the Kennedy covered spans in, and around Rushville, IN. Let's say my love for bridges is approaching four decades, hard to believe.