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TLE&W - Maumee River Bridge


Cloverleaf Bridge looking North

The Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway Photo

BH Photo #221393

Street Views 


Once carried trains traveling from Toledo to St. Louis via Delphos, Kokomo, Frankfort, and Charleston.


Through truss bridge over Maumee River, Wabash and Erie Canal, and US 24(as of 2009) on Toledo, Lake Erie, and Western Railroad(formerly Toledo St. Louis and Western aka Cloverleaf, Nickel Plate Road, Norfolk and Western Railway) in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Wood County, Ohio, and Lucas County, Ohio
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
I believe this bridge hasn't been used by the tourist line railroad for many years despite having equipment located in Grand Rapids where the tracks now end. Their website http://www.tlew.org/index.htm has listed construction near the bridge as the reason for it not being used, but that reason is suspect to me. They run tourist trains down from Waterville to just East of the bridge site currently. Update Dec 2011-Railroad is trying to raise funds to finish culvert and pay for tie replacement on bridge as well as inspection to reopen the line to regular trains. Currently only motorcars are allowed across. Check out their website at http://www.tlew.org/bridge.html to donate to this cause.
Built 1916, Rail line abandoned late 70's-early 80's.
- Toledo Bridge & Crane Co. of Toledo, Ohio
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway (TLE&W)
- Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad (TStL&W)
Warren through truss
Total length: 900.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
TStL&W - Maumee River Bridge
NKP - Maumee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.41430, -83.86319   (decimal degrees)
41°24'51" N, 83°51'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/260702/4588706 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grand Rapids
Inventory number
BH 43089 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 19, 2021: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • February 19, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • September 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Norfolk & Western Railway", "Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway"
  • December 4, 2011: Updated by James Norwood: added restoration funding info and build date year.
  • November 7, 2011: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • November 5, 2011: New photos from Brian McKee
  • April 1, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added google street view
  • July 30, 2009: Added by James Norwood

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TLE&W - Maumee River Bridge
Posted July 28, 2022, by Lee Cahal (Shermancahal [at] outlook [dot] com)

Iím not sure anything runs over these rails, motorcar and all. The line is cut just at Grand Rapids Road just north of the river and it is pretty overgrown to the north and east.

There is a painted handcar (?) parked on the bridge next to a sign saying ďno photography.Ē I suppose they mean people taking photos ON the bridge but it reads pretty harsh. Whatever. Itís public land around the south side so itís fair game, and the airspace is unrestricted for UAV.

TLE&W - Maumee River Bridge
Posted November 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Field visited this bridge last weekend. The south portal of the bridge has a piece of rail equipment parked right under the portal bracing. Further, some distance from the portal the entire area is roped off with lots of No Photography signs. Very strange behavior for a historic bridge owned by a "historical society." Certainly have no intentions of donating to a group that won't even let me take a portal view of the bridge. (And treats the bridge like a parking lot in addition). I can see why they don't want people walking on the bridge as it has not been converted for pedestrian use. But they aren't even allowing portal view photos from on the ground! Obviously, the best solution for a bridge used by a historical society would be a combination deck allowing for pedestrian use when trains are not running, which appears to be 99.9% of the time based on site conditions. Meanwhile they should at least allow photography of the bridge from the land south of the bridge.

TLE&W - Maumee River Bridge
Posted March 19, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I noticed what looked like passenger cars,freight cars,locomotives and cabooses when following what looked to me like abandoned rails both ways from this bridge.Interesting.

Nickel Plate Road Cloverleaf division Maumee River bridge
Posted July 4, 2010, by Evan

This bridge is still used by motorcars for the Apple butter Festival to transport people. Hopefully in the future the TLE&W will run trains across the bridge. But, the bridge is still used by motorcars a few times a month for MOW.