Bridge Hunter states "this structure contains more [seven] Warren through spans than any other in the state and with the now-stationary swing span is probably the longest such bridge in Indiana."
|20170107 7531rc, upstream elevation|
The third fixed span on the right side is obscured by the trees
|Indiana Department of Transportation from Bridge Hunter, I can tell by the smoke stacks that this would be the downstream elevation|
This closeup view shows the tree line that exists along most of the river side road. I was fortunate to find a gap in the treeline so that I could take the above pictures.
Bridge Hunter says the trestle is wood. But it looks like it has been rebuilt using a cement cap over steel supports. Note the number "180" on the side of the concrete cap of the left-most bent that does not have a tree in front of it. My wife noticed that they numbered every fifth bent.
John Hamilton posted three photos with the comment:
This is a bridge near the Duke Energy plant in Gibson County, IN, just across the Wabash River from Mt. Carmel, IL. It spans the mighty Wabash and on this day there was an empty coal drag spanning the river as well--with two NS locomotives on the Illinois side and one NS locomotive on the Indiana side. I found it interesting. I don't think the rails enter the plant from this location, so it must be used for storage or staging. Taken 10/5/18.Dennis DeBruler I think the rails enter the plant from this bridge. In fact, I think the plant is the only reason the bridge is still used. https://www.google.com/.../@38.3579468,-87.../data=!3m1!1e3
The bridge is still used to deliver coal to the Duke Energy Power Plant.
Michael Eads posted a Fall view of the bridge.
All of the pictures I took in this area are available in my reference blog.
Matt Reese photo (Caution: RailPictures.Net is not a well behaved web site.)