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Buffalo Valley Railway Bridge

Tennessee Central Caney Fork River Bridge

Buffalo Valley Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: April 7, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Nashville and Eastern) Over Caney Fork River
Location
Buffalo Valley: Smith County, Tennessee and Putnam County, Tennessee: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 7 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, Virginia

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1907
Main Span Length
150 Feet (45.72 Meters)
Structure Length
640 Feet (195.07 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was originally built at an unknown date (likely the 1880s or 1890s), and included a swing span. This can be determined by the fact that one of the river piers is circular as a swing pier would have been. The swing span was replaced in 1907 with two fixed through truss spans constructed by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company. As one might expect, these newer spans are of different construction, reflecting the construction trends of the period: namely the use of heavier members and riveted connections. The approach spans in contrast reflect an earlier era with their pin-connections, lightweight members, and ornamental portal bracing. In more recent years the approach truss spans have had steel and timber bents added under the floorbeams to carry load. The added steel bents may have been salvaged parts from a demolished truss bridge.

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