Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kentucky and Indiana Bridge over Ohio River at Louisville, KY

(Bridge Hunter, Bridge Hunter Old, no Historic Bridges, 3D Satellite, Srteet View (with coil cars))

1886 Bridge, Public Domain, from Bridge Hunter Old

1912 Bridge, Public Domain, from Bridge Hunter
Probably built by Kentucky & Indiana Bridge & Railroad and Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad. B&O went to it from the east on the Indiana side to connect to other railroads. Southern used it to cross the river between Kentucky to its route to St. Louis. Monon went to it from the north on the Indiana side to connect to other railroads. Canadian Pacific also has rights because it bought the Milwaukee Road, which was given trackage rights over the Monon route to Louisville as a concession, if I remember correctly, for the BN merger of NP and GN. (Milwaukee Road once had the longest route in USA from the Northwest Pacific to Louisville, KY. But the management did not properly pursue using their railroad assets.)

3D Satellite
Note that the swing span is on the north side of the river, but the current shipping channel is on the south side of the river. Bridge Hunter indicates the span was opened just twice. I wonder where the shipping channel was back when the river still had its wicket dams in this area. The span was locked down in 1955 because there is a 100-foot clearance above the pool level, and it is on the wrong side of the river for today's river traffic. Was it used because of smokestacks on steamboats during high river flows? About 50 feet of clearance is plenty for modern towboats and barge loads.

Carl Venzke posted
The Kentucky & Indiana Bridge approach, New Albany, Indiana, early 1900's
Interactive CSX System Map
I have seen contemporary photos of CSX doing street running in New Albany, IN. Most of it is on 15th Street. But the bridge approach still launches from Main Street on Vincennes Street. According to the 2005 SPV Map, CSX and CP still use the L&N/Monon route between Bedford, IN and this bridge. The CSX interactive map does show that it still operates that Monon remnant.

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