Friday, April 7, 2017

Louisville & Indiana/CSX/Pennsy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville, KY

(1870 Bridge Hunter1919 Bridge HunterSatellite)

My photos of the the Falls of the Ohio that are downstream of this bridge have been moved to McAline Dam.

USACE photo of the day

20150508 1029, lookingSsoutheast from the Ohio Scenic Byway
Rock showing fossils by the sidewalk at the rest stop
At a rest stop along I-65 on my way to Louisville, KY, I saw a sign that showed how to get to the interpretive center for the Fossils at Falls of the Ohio. So I found this bridge as a happy accident on my way to the interpretive center.

On the north end is the largest bridge abutment I remember seeing. In this case, I should have waited for a car to come by to give some scale to that structure. In Bridge Hunter, J.P. did take several photos of this structure including one with a backhoe for scale.
Photo from Bridge Hunter
The current 1919 bridge evidently reused the cut-stone piers of the 1870 bridge because the first large through truss is over the old "Indiana Chute." Because of the large truss in the middle of the river, there used to be another "chute." The long spans were retained in 1919 because the dam had yet to be built. Obviously, neither of these shipping lanes are used today.
Photo from Bridge Hunter
The third truss that we can barely see peaking out above the trees in the first photo is the lift bridge that spans the canal that used to be spanned by this swing bridge. The first canal to bypass the rapids here was built 1825-30. "It was 1.9 miles long, 64 feet wide and had a total lift of 26 feet with a three flight lock system." [Sign at Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center]
Is Anand shared Marco Delgado's post

Mitch Carl posted
14th St. Railroad Bridge, Louisville, KY

Tom's photo posted by Ron of the L&N engines also caught the lift and control towers. To my surprise, the control tower still exists.
Ron Flanary posted
As I was looking through the L&NHS image files late last night (trying to find something else, of course), I noticed this shot and pulled it up for a closer inspection. This was taken at Louisville, KY on April 24, 1965 by Tom Smart. The original slide is part of the Dan Dover collection, and Dan was kind enough to share this one as well as a large number of other L&N shots with the L&NHS for scanning. This is a rather unusual occurrence. The every-other-day Chicago-Miami "South Wind" was normally powered by pooled Atlantic Coast Line or Pennsy E-units. The L&N only provided motive power in the case of an emergency (engine trouble, for example). The previous day, either the ACL or Pennsy units handling the northbound train had problems on the L&N portion between Montgomery and Louisville, so an E7-E6 duo replace them. Now, L&N Es 771-760 are back from the Windy City with the southbound "Wind." The train is curving off Pennsy's Ohio River lift bridge at Clagg Tower. Next stop: Union Station. L&N's mechanical wizards at South Louisville have probably fixed whatever was wrong with the Pennsy or ACL power, so the two L&N units will be swapped out during the station stop.
Jim Griffith's third photo in a posting of six photos
John Eagan Still a manned tower at the south end in Louisville where the L&I connects to the PAL and CSX
[This photo framing is comparable to mine at the top. But the river was much higher when Jim visited this area than it was when I was there. More on the water levels later.]

Jim Griffith's forth photo in a posting
[I chose Jim's third photo because it almost exactly matches my photo at the top giving you an A/B comparison of the level of the lower pool. I include this photo because it shows the water is high enough to spill over the dam wall. Note the size of the debris backlog created by the dam wall. All five Tainter gates were probably wide open when Jim took this view.]

Bill Stroud posted
Towboat vs Pennsylvania RR Bridge (14th Street Bridge)
Bill Stroud the bridge won..
A crash between a barge and a stationary object (e.g. bridge) is an allision.]
Evidently the Ohio River was higher when Bill caught the bridge.
Bill Kalkman posted
In this view from the shoreline of the Ohio River, below the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center, your looking at the Louisville & Indiana Railroad's crossing of the river from Clarksville to Louisville. 6:52PM on 5-23-18 in Clarksville, IN.
Tom Bedwell posted
There is a third RR indicated in this one.
Justin Gillespie IC’s Central Station in Louisville.
Tom Bedwell IC was a tenant in the Station, but it isn’t named for that RR. Think out in the water.
Justin Gillespie The IC did own the station, of course that’s the PRR bridge.

Tom Bedwell posted
PRR train on the bridge over the Ohio River in Louisville. Taken from Louisville Central Station. Wish I had had a nice Nikon!!!
I never noticed how massive the members in the approach spans are until I saw this photo.
Bill Neill shared

JB Rial Photog added
07/08/2019 - LIRC brings run through NS 60P loaded potash train across the 14th Street Bridge into Clarksville, IN, with a trio of Canadian Pacific GEs. They went to their yard in Jeffersonville, IN, and took one engine off and took the train off the Nabb Branch to the Port of Jeffersonville to Consolidated Grain and Barge.
Charles Buccola Potash is a potassium-rich salt that is mined from underground deposits formed from evaporated sea beds millions of years ago. Potassium is an essential element for all plant, animal and human life. The term "potash" refers to a group of potassium (K) bearing minerals and chemicals. Commonly used in fertilizer.
Marc Dufour commented on Bill's share
Looks like an interesting bridge…

J.B. Rail Photog added
02/03/2020 - CSX Q504-03 mixed freight heads northbound as it crosses the Fourteenth Street Bridge as seen from Clarksville, IN, after coming onto Louisville and Indiana Railroad trackage before getting onto the bridge back in Louisville, KY. According to Wikipedia this truss drawbridge was completed in 1870 and was originally operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The draw portion of the bridge is a vertical-lift span, built in about 1918 in place of a swing span. It's also known as the Ohio Falls Bridge, Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, Conrail Railroad Bridge or Louisville and Indiana (L&I) Bridge.
Steve Fry Is the draw portion still in use? How often is it opened?
Chuck Wilson It stays open or raised for river barge traffic and lowers only when a train needs to pass. The control tower is occupied 24 hours a day.
Robert Carter I believe the control comes from adjacent Clagg Tower, the last remaining interlocking tower in Kentucky.

Javid Beykzadeh shared
Craig Cloud Javid Beykzadeh L&I dispatch from there?
Javid Beykzadeh Craig they do have a person in the tower but I'm not sure if they dispatch anyone there. Their main dispatcher is at their yard in Jeffersonville.

JB Rail Photog caught a CSX auto train on the Indiana side. I wonder if the train is full of Ford cars made at the Louisville plant.

JB Rail Photog caught a CSX inspection train on the lift span.

JB Rail Photog took 8 photos of a CSX train going geographically north.

JB Rail Photog aerial view

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