|Terry Schwartzwalder posted|
Wabash Mississippi River bridge at Hannibal, MO.
[Note the bins for the Bunge elevator under the lift span.]
On the west side, it crosses the BNSF/CB&Q tracks then goes through a river bluff tunnel
to curve south. Evidently this lift bridge was moved from Florence, AL in 1993 to replace the original 1871 swing span. It doesn't look like it has a very high lift. Since tugs used since 1993 don't have the high smokestacks of the old steamships, maybe the Mississippi River no longer needs a high clearance. Although some historic steamboats are still run as cruise ships. So maybe this is higher than it looks. It is a 406' span. Maybe the length of the span makes the towers look shorter. Once stat I miss from Bridge Hunter is vertical clearance.
|From Bridge Hunter|
|The lift span in Florence, AL, from Bridge Hunter|
|Lisa Ruble posted|
The Flying Eagle hits the train bridge.
[You can see the boat up against the span to the right of the swing span. I wonder if the water appears rather high.]
James Holzmeier shared Lisa's post
Hannibal, MO Wabash bridge looking north. The line in the foreground is the CB&Q K-Line running from St. Louis up to Keokuk.
Robert Andrews The swing span was replaced by a lift bridge in the 90's. Hannibal is also the home of the Wabash's only tunnel. A city park is on the bluff above the tunnel approach, diamond with the BNSF K-Line and the bridge approach. However, my last visit vegetation had taken over and all are hard to view from the "scenic lookout".
|Lisa Ruble posted|
View of open span of the Wabash railroad bridge from an excursion steamer, about 1905-10.
Mississippi River, Hannibal, Missouri (seen on the right) and Pike County Illinois.
Tim Shanahan shared
Photo Credit: Anna Schnitzlein
Robert Daly posted
three photos with the comment: "More bridgework--the NS ex-Wabash bridge over the Mississippi at Hannibal, April 12 2013. The view through the woods shows the BNSF line from St Louis to Burlington crossing the NS. The NS enters a tunnel immediately after crossing the BNSF."
I-72 is in the background.
The last photo is looking down at the end of the bridge and the diamond from the trail. The Wabash crossed the CB&Q.
And the following post taught me that he is looking down because the Wabash route goes into a tunnel.
The tunnel is rather short because of a long cut.
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