Thursday, April 20, 2017

CSX/B&O Parkersburg Bridge over Ohio River

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges3D Satellite)
Carl Venzke posted
The Parkersburg Bridge crosses the Ohio River between Parkersburg, West Virginia, and Belpre, Ohio. The bridge was a part of the B&O's Baltimore – St. Louis mainline and offered the railroad easy access to Ohio in transporting coal and other materials to the east coast. Currently the bridge handles traffic on CSX Transportation's Marietta Subdivision. This photo was taken during the flood of 1913.
I wonder if there was a road bridge someplace else or if the horse&buggies had to use a ferry to cross the river.

Update:
Carl Venzke posted
Crossing the Ohio River on the B&O at Parkersburg, WV
[This is a good example of how a long telescope lens can compress distances and make curves look sharper than they really are. And evidently the wood trestle is now tree-lined earth fill. And it was taken on the Belpre, OH side.]
This bridge used to be on the B&O mainline to Washington DC. But CSX has abandoned the track east of Parkersburg.

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