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Oneida and Western Railroad Bridge

Oneida and Western Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: January 8, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Rail-Trail) Over Big South Fork
Rural: Scott County, Tennessee: United States
Structure Type
Metal 13 Panel Pin-Connected Whipple Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
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
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a very rare remaining example of a railroad Whipple truss bridge. The railroads apparently built quite a few Whipple truss bridges, but today very few remain, likely replaced by the early 20th century massive truss bridges that remain on so many rail lines today. The bridge likely dates to the late 1800s. The bridge was bought and relocated here in 1915-1916. The Nashville Bridge Company re-erected the bridge over Big South Fork for Oneida and Western. The original location and date of this bridge remains unknown. the Oneida and Western line was about 40 miles and it was built over 15 years. The line featured a passenger train service until July 1953 when it lost the contract to carry Jamestown's mail. The entire line was abandoned in 1954. A number of other smaller bridges, including a five panel Pratt through truss, were demolished at that time. The bridge remained unused until later, the National Park, and by the 1990s had placed a wooden deck on it and allowed horses and pedestrians to use it.

This bridge is located in a rocky area, and although the piers are concrete, one end of the bridge actually sits on the natural rock rather than a constructed abutment. The bridge has thirteen panels.


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