Thursday, August 23, 2018

CSX/C&O+HV 1917 Bridge over Ohio River at Sciotoville in Portsmouth, OH

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Also known as the Limeville Bridge.

Historic Bridges

Dennis Shafer posted the comment: "Former Chesapeake & Ohio Railay bridge across the Ohio River at Sciotoville, Ohio. Bridge is currently used by CSX Transportation as part of their "Northern Subdivision" between Russell, Kentucky and Columbus, Ohio."
Jesse Smith commented on Dennis' post
That bridge has the highest "live load" rating of any bridge ever built in the world! Here's a northbound crossing it back in 2016.
Dennis Shafer What is the live load rating for it?
Jesse Smith Dennis Shafer The weight of the bridge itself (dead load), plus the weight of what rolls over it (the live load). And because it was build in 1917 (the age of heavy steam power), they built "for the future" as engines were just going to get heavier.
Doug Bess Bridges in that era were designed for steam impact, that is the force of the drivers pounding on the bridge. Also the Limeville bridge is double track so the design of the bridge takes into account of both tracks being loaded at the same time.

Three photos by Dave Honan with the comment:
A couple miles east of Portsmouth, OH, is CSX's massive Sciotoville Bridge, a two-span, 1,550-foot continuous truss bridge over the Ohio River. The structure, the heaviest continuous truss bridge on the continent, was designed by David Steinman and built by Gustav Lindenthal between 1914-17 for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. (April 05, 2004)


Stu Levene photo:
The seldom-photographed Sciotoville (Limeville) Bridge towers above a CSX train of 129 empty coal hoppers. The shot was taken from on top of the parapet at the south side of the bridge.
Appalachian Railfan photo:
A coal train makes it way westbound (TT Direction) with coal destined for points north as the final light of day is setting over the Ohio River. A scene like this only makes me reflect on a time when it was possible to see C&O Superpower haul miles of black diamonds along this route. What a sight that would have been to see.
"This bridge held the record for longest continuous truss span [775'] in the world from its opening until 1945. See April 2000 Trains Magazine for an article on this bridge." [Bridge Hunter] It was also the heaviest. [Historic Bridges] "It remains today the mightiest bridge ever built from the point of view of its load capacity." [cohs]

McClintic-Marshall Company booklet from Historic Bridges

Gary Bellamy commented on a posting
Ken L. Chamblin commented on a posting
Here is a view from the Ky side taken by me from my train 

Ken L. Chamblin commented on a posting
Got Tunnel Vision?

Engineering News-Record Vol. 80, No. 2, p62 from Historic Bridges
One side was built on falsework. Then the cantilever design allowed the other side to be built with minimal falsework because the first side was available to balance it. But the forces on the joints changed between the initial truss structure on the first side and the final cantilevered truss so hydraulic jacks were needed to join some of the members for riveting. The following catches the center pier completed, wooden piers used as falsework, a travelling gantry on the false work to build the supported span, and a creeper hoist on the other side of the center pier to build the suspended span.

Engineering News-Record, Jan 31, 1918, p221 from Historic Bridges
"It contains some of the most massive members and chords ever seen in a truss bridge." [Historic Bridges] The following shows a member that requires both booms of the hoisting tower to lift it.

Engineering News-Record Vol. 80, No. 2, p66 from Historic Bridges
A pictorial summary of the construction stages. As the suspended span grew, they could remove some of the false work under the supported span because it was being held up by the weight of the suspended span. Reducing the number of falsework piers in the river was important in the Winter to reduce the impact of ice flows on the falsework.

Engineering News-Record, Jan 31, 1918, p235 from Historic Bridges
One of three photos posted by Charles E. Whisnant

The massive size of the members is caught by this photo. I had to look a while before I did find some men in the photo.

Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. LXXXV, 1922, p931 from Historic Bridges

Is Anand shared a Marco Delgado posted photo
Scott Burrell For many years it carried the highest live/dead weight rating of any bridge in existence.
Donald Montgomery Wow, bet it takes 3 months or longer to inspect...

The sound of Train posted
Raymond Adomonis shared
Dennis DeBruler Aaron J. Border has this commentary on his photo:
"The massive spans of the Gustav Lindenthal-designed Sciotoville bridge tower above an eastbound grain train as it crosses the Ohio River into Kentucky. Towering 236 feet above the river at its highest point, the twin 775-foot long spans of this bridge were the longest in the world from its completion in 1917 until 1945."
Dennis DeBruler Aaron J. Border: "Westbound grain empties cross the Ohio River on the massive Limeville-Sciotoville Bridge. Completed in 1917, the bridge was designed by famed architect Gustav Lindenthal, and remains today the largest continuous truss railroad bridge in the world."

Debbie Newson Hampton posted
I'm fascinated by the Sciotoville Bridge featured in this pic of an eastbound crossing the Ohio River in Siloam, KY. Towering 236 feet above the river at its highest point, the twin 775-foot long spans of this bridge were the longest in the world from its completion in 1917 until 1945. Photo by Aaron J. Border.
Randall Hapton shared
Bruce B. Reynolds: Designed by Gustav Lindenthal, who also designed the Queensboro Bridge (59th Street Bridge) and the New York Connecting Railroad (a/k/a Hell's Gate Bridge).
Jeff Miller: I think its the heaviest (Most steel) in the world.
Tim Shanahan shared

Leon L Lancaster commented on a post
C&O texas class 2-10-4 coming off the limeville bridge from ohio into kentucky. photo by gene huddleston. taken from the book C&O POWER by al staufer.

Ken L. Chamblin posted five photos with the comment:
Here are a few pics from my trips on the Great Northern Subdivision. This bridge shown when I was traveling south and north was made in Germany and floated up the Ohio River many years before my time. It spans the Ohio River between NJ Cabin on the Ky. side and Sciotoville on the Ohio side. It's located at MP CJ 1.5 and is of serious interest to railfans.




Ken commented on his post
 Here is a picture that was given to me. I received it as is with the side text cut off. It was a local resident to the area photo.
GScaler posted
In 1994 I caught Milwaukee Road 261 crossing the Ohio River on the CSX (former C&O) Sciotoville bridge returning from pulling the New River train. This was the last year these trains were pulled by steam and 261 was used as NKP 765 was in for a major overhaul.

(new window)  He gets to the bridge at 2:00. After he does his turn over the bridge, skip to 4:27. He launched from the Kentucky side.

[The river is high on the piers and shoreline.]

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