Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NS/Southern and CSX/L&N+ACL/Clinchfield Bridges over Copper River

(NS Bridge Hunter, CSX Bridge HunterSatellite)
Jack Stoner posted
CSX's Copper Creek viaduct dominates the scene as C44-9WAC 50 leads a unit coal train near the railroad location of Copper, VA in February of 1995.The train is exercising trackage rights over Norfolk Southern between Big Stone Gap, VA and Frisco, TN. This train of "company hoppers" has traversed the former L&N Cumberland Valley Sub. via Hagans Switchback to the 1986 built connection with NS at Big Stone Gap, VA

It took me a while to find these bridges because I spent too much time looking with Google Maps. Once again, Bing Map has more detail than Google Map because it has  Copper Creek, which Google does not have. I have to find what county the bridges are in before I can find the Bridge Hunter links.

The viaduct has a length of 1,160 feet and a height of 185 feet. [CatskillArchive] It was built by the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio.

NS and CSX have trackage rights on each other's route. [InterpretiveSign]

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