Sunday, March 11, 2018

NS/CNOTP/Sou/CS Bridges over Ohio River at Cincinnati, OH

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, 3D Satellite)

To explain the title, Cincinnati built and owns the Cincinnati Southern route, but it now leases it to the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Norfolk Southern.
Photo from Bridge Hunter, 1877 Whipple truss
The longest span was 519' and when completed was the longest in the world.
Historical Postcard Showing Previous Swing Bridge from Historic Bridges
[The 1922 continuous truss was built around the old bridge so that traffic was not interrupted. The swing span was replaced by a lift span that used hydraulic jacks since it had to raise just 13'. The lift mechanism and towers have since been removed. The swing pier no longer holds any weight. It is the busiest railroad bridge in the area. [Historic Bridges]]

Street View, 1922 Bridge

Street View
Street View

View from Train
Crossing bridge southbound from Cincinnati to Ludlow
Photo taken by Norfolk Southern Railroad (Operation Lifesaver Special) April 11, 2013
Brad McClelland posted
In the 1980's Seaboard System and early CSX used GE B30-7's on there intermodal trains. These locomotives were given a nickname of TOTE Boats, a L&N term for Trailer on Train Express.
This is southbound R-133 in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 4, 1986. This train is on the north approach of C&O's Ohio River Bridge. To the right is MD Cabin which controlled the crossovers on the north approach. In the background is Southern Railways Ohio River Bridge. I photographed this image from the southbound lane of I-75's Ohio River Bridge.

Brandon Lee posted five photos with the comment: "Since we seem to be on the subject of Ohio river crossings here are some shots I took of the Southern RR bridge and surrounding area in Cincinnati a few years back. The C&O's western crossing of the Ohio is behind the I-71/75 bridge in the background as well."





Mark Hinsdale posted two photos with the comment:
"Almost Home"
On an unseasonably warm March, 1976 day, a northbound Southern Railway iintermodal train approaches and crosses the massive bridge spanning the Ohio River between Ludlow KY and Cincinnati OH. In short order, the crew will be putting their train away at Southern's Gest Street facility, the end of their run up the CNO&TP. Photos by Mark Hinsdale

Mark also shared.


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I did not realize it was a swing bridge because I never saw a close image of the Kentucky side before. Considering the height of the bridge, this is a reminder that steamboats had tall smokestacks.

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