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Thurmond Bridge

Photos 

Thurmond Station and New River Bridge

east end of bridge visible at right

Photo taken by Bob Morgan in May 2007

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BH Photo #133867

Description 

The bridge is next to the Thurmond Amtrak station, although it does not carry Amtrak trains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurmond_station

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over New River on CR 25/2 & Railroad tracks
Location
Thurmond, Fayette County, West Virginia
Status
Open to one-lane traffic and one railroad track
History
Built 1916; rehabilitated 1951 and 2017
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
- Chessie System (B&O/C&O/WM)
- R.J. Corman Railroad (RJCN; RJCR; RJCC; RJCL; RJCM; RJCP; RJCK; RJNX; RJCV)
Design
Polygonal Warren through truss with roadway deck hung on brackets
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 226.1 ft.
Total length: 826.2 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
RJCV - New River Bridge
Chessie - New River Bridge
C&O - New River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.95614, -81.07902   (decimal degrees)
37°57'22" N, 81°04'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/493057/4200951 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Thurmond
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
225
Inventory number
BH 35083 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2022: New photos from Martha Carver
  • March 28, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 27, 2020: Updated by Andy Peters: updates GPS coordinates; adds Amtrak station detail
  • October 20, 2017: Updated by Brian Powell: 2017 rehab
  • December 28, 2015: New photos from Charles Kuehn
  • July 12, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name to commonly used name, added city + current RR name
  • November 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Rail-and-Road"
  • November 25, 2012: Photo imported by Ben Tate
  • May 14, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: made slight adjustment to gps coordinates
  • February 21, 2009: New photo from Bob Morgan

Sources 

  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Brian Powell
  • Luke
  • Charles Kuehn
  • Andy Peters - anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Comments 

Thurmond Bridge
Posted August 28, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This has nothing to do with the bridge but the town of Thurmond was featured on Mysteries of the Abandoned on the Science Channel explaining about the history of the town.Also they showed the coal loading building along the railroad tracks.They didn't show the bridge unfortunately.

Thurmond Bridge
Posted May 18, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I did on the history of the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVc-wRGGgs4

Matewan film
Posted March 27, 2020, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge appeared in the 1987 film "Matewan". The town of Thurmond was the filming location of this movie and the town was the stand-in for the town of Matewan.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093509/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Thurmond Bridge
Posted January 17, 2017, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is currently undergoing rehabilitation with pedestrian bump-outs being added: http://www.transportation.wv.gov/highways/engineering/commen...

New River Bridge
Posted February 28, 2009, by Tim (holdcroft71 [at] gmail [dot] com)