2 votes

NS - Five Points Bridges


Photo taken by Calvin Sneed in September 2008


BH Photo #123174


Street View 


Bridges over South Chickamauga Creek in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
At one point, five different bridge spans crossed the creek at this point. Only two are still active, but other spans are noted.
Also called
NS -South Chickamauga Creek Bridges
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.06769, -85.21232   (decimal degrees)
35°04'04" N, 85°12'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/663003/3882011 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Chattanooga
Inventory number
BH 37379 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Chattanooga, Tennessee (48)
Deck girder (5,824)
Girder (10,371)
Hamilton County, Tennessee (74)
Have street view (27,131)
Norfolk Southern Railway (1,963)
Open (40,044)
Owned by railroad (12,593)
Plate girder (8,043)
Pratt through truss (5,458)
Pratt truss (9,395)
Railroad (15,664)
Tennessee (1,227)
Through truss (15,283)
Truss (33,136)

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2011: New photo from Calvin Sneed
  • July 12, 2010: New Street View added by Calvin Sneed
  • September 7, 2008: Added by Calvin Sneed


  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com


NS - Five Points Bridges
Posted October 19, 2016, by Alan Walker (awalker1829 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually, there's a bit of misinformation here. The freestanding bridge piers are what remains of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railway bridge. The Western and Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia crossed the creek a little further upstream of the ET&G on a bridge that was at a lower elevation. That bridge had stone abutments, which are still in use with the current W&A Bridge.

The bridge in the foreground is the CSXT Tyner Spur that connects to Enterprise South.

The bridge that is currently used by Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum dates to 1912 and was modified in the 1950s when the main line was rerouted. One set of bridge spans was removed when the line was downgraded from a main line to an industrial lead.

South Chickamauga Five Points Bridges
Posted November 12, 2010, by Robbie D. Jones (rjones [at] newsouthassoc [dot] com)

The limestone piers were constructed in the 1840s for the Western & Atlantic Railroad connecting Atlanta and Chattanooga. This bridge was replaced with the adjacent bridge, but the piers were left standing. The rail-line was leased by Nashville, Chattanooga & St.Louis RR from 1890-1957, L&N RR from 1957-1980, and CSX RR since 1980.

Chickamauga Five Points Bridges
Posted July 15, 2009, by Rob B

Actually there are three bridges still open to use (one does not get much use). Two are railroad bridges, and the other one is a road bridge. Of the two railway bridges the tall black one belongs to the Tennessee Valley Railroad museum.

The truss bridge is a CSX spur line that at one point went to an ammunition plant however that has been closed for years. The bridge may see plenty of use soon due to a Volkswagon plant opening where the ammunition plant was. In fact the bridge has had a lot of work done to it over the last couple of years.

The current road bridge was built sometime in the 1980's and replaced a one lane truss bridge. Also that white looking bridge that is low is actually where a sewer line crosses the creek. There is also a CSX mainline bridge visible from here. It is much easier to see it in the winter due to all the leaves being off the trees.

The large stone pillars sticking up is the bridge I would like to learn more about> Since Southern Railway used to follow the route of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum I would assume that it was a Southern Railway bridge.