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Louisville and Nashville Murphy Branch Bridge

Louisville and Nashville Murphy Branch Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: August 8, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Louisville and Nashville Railroad) Over Toccoa River
Location
Rural: Fannin County, Georgia: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a seven panel pin-connected Pratt through truss. All but the deck stringers have been rendered non-structural / decorative by the addition of lead-bearing wooden bents under each floorbeam. For a railroad bridge, this truss has extremely lightweight members. This suggests that the bridge may be a very old example of a railroad bridge built earlier than the vast majority of surviving old railroad bridges. Otherwise, the bridge is for the most part traditionally composed. Aside from the addition of wooden bents, the bridge appears to retain excellent historic integrity. The bridge should be considered historically significant as an unusual and likely very old example of a railroad truss bridge, located in a state which has a relatively small number of surviving metal truss bridges.

This line is still used by collectors and owners of retired railroad track speeders and maintenance of way motor cars.

The bridge is just downstream from and within sight of the Hogback Bend Bridge.

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