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NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge

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NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge

Norfolk & Western 2-6-6-4 1218 on a June 1989 excursion crosses the Fox Valley Road overpass stone arch, made famous in a 1950s O. Winston Link night photo of a man and boy with a Christmas tree and a streamlined steam locomotive.

Mike Pierry Jr. via Facebook, used with permission

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BH Photo #412026

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Description 

Stone Arch 1889. Abutments raised in 1932. Plate girder dated 1915.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder and stone arch bridge over Route 645 & Middle Fork Holston River on Railroad (NS)
Location
Adwolf, Smyth County, Virginia
Status
Open to traffic
History
Stone portion has date of 1896; rebuilt sections have a date of 1932
Railroad
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Design
Hybrid of stone arch and plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Also called
NS - VA645 Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.81204, -81.61947   (decimal degrees)
36°48'43" N, 81°37'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/444746/4074200 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marion
Inventory numbers
VA 17623 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33869 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2021: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Description, dimentions
  • November 16, 2018: New photos from Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • July 20, 2018: Updated by Luke: Reverted build date to 1932, as the main span dates to 1932
  • July 20, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Corrected build dates based on new photos
  • July 20, 2018: New photos from Timothy Phillips
  • November 27, 2017: Photo imported by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • November 3, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added type & city
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

NS - Middle Fork Holston River Bridge
Posted November 27, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Those stone arch approaches must be far older than 1932. 1882 is a lot closer to the appropriate date.