2 votes

CSX - North Main Street Overpass


North Main Street Railroad Bridge

Columbia, SC

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson in December 2012


BH Photo #244480

Street View 


Not a typical design that we see here in the south for a railroad bridge over a road. Originally built for Seaboard Air Line, now operated by CSX Railroad. Also sees two daily Amtrak trains.


Through truss bridge over North Main Street on Railroad
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
Open to traffic
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL)
Warren through truss with all verticals
Span length: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 46.9 ft.
Also called
SAL - North Main Street Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.02735, -81.04210   (decimal degrees)
34°01'38" N, 81°02'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/496113/3765188 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia North
Inventory numbers
SC 4020002100190 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 54664 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 4, 2017: New photo from Michael Miller
  • December 9, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Corrected overview
  • December 9, 2012: New photo from Joseph Hinson
  • November 29, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected type to truss and added categories
  • November 29, 2012: Added by Joseph Hinson


  • Joseph Hinson - joethephotog [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com


North Main Street Railroad Bridge
Posted June 11, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Based on the abundance of rolled beams on the truss, as well as some truss members that have plate with so-called "punched holes" I would suggest the truss dates to at after 1940 and rests on a substructure from a previous bridge. The truss could be as late as the 1960s.

North Main Street Railroad Bridge
Posted June 11, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)


Based on the riveted connections of the bridge, but the stone masonry on the substructures, I would say about 1900 to 1905. Would others here agree with my conclusion?

North Main Street Railroad Bridge
Posted June 11, 2013, by Robert (rwbiker [at] aol [dot] com)

Was wondering when this North Main Street Railroad Bridge was built ? Thank you

R Watkins

Blythewood, SC