Saturday, December 23, 2017

CSX/L&N Henderson Bridge across land and the Ohio River

(Bridge Hunter, no Historic Bridges, Satellite Bridge, Satellite Flood Plains)

This 1932 bridge replaces an 1885 bridge.

Dwight Cook posted
Dwight Cook I took this long ago I the it’s in Henderson Kentucky.
Don Steinhauer That is on the henderson ky side.
Don Steinhauer We painted on that for about 3 summers back in the 80s

I had noticed from the lack of development and the land scars that the Ohio River must flow over the peninsulas during a flood.

Javid's photo below confirms that L&N had to build a long trestle across the flood plain to allow the flood waters to safely pass under the tracks.
Javid Beykzadeh posted
CSX Henderson Bridge in Rahm, IN.

Thanks to drone technology, Jim was able to catch the flood plain filled with water.
Jim Pearson Photography posted
CSX Q025 Southbound over the Ohio River Floodwaters
This is a shot that I've been wanting to get even before I started flying a drone! A shot of a train passing over the floodwaters from the Ohio River as it heads across the river at Henderson, Kentucky coming out of Evansville, Indiana. This is a shot that one could only get with a john boat in the past and I neither had one or knew anyone with one, so this has always been a dream shot for me!
With the partly cloudy skies I was worried that I wouldn't have sunlight for the shot, but as you can see with the broken clouds on March 10th, 2021, they parted enough for this dramatic lighting as CSX hot intermodal Q025-10 made its way up the viaduct to the bridge over the Ohio River heading south into Henderson, Ky on the CSX Henderson Subdivision.
The scene as far as the eye can see here is normally farmers fields, but today it was an extension of the Ohio River as it was right at 37 feet above flood stage as the train passed over it.
Tech Info: DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone, RAW, 4.5mm (24mm equivalent lens) f/2.8, 1/640, ISO 100.

Dan Gurley shared
It is this flood plain on the Indiana side of the CSX/L&N Ohio River Bridge that Jim caught covered with water.

Jim Pearson Photography posted
CSX Q025 Southbound up the viaduct at Rahm, Indiana
On March 10th, 2021 I posted a shot of CSX Q025 (Bedford Park, IL - Jacksonville, FL) as it made its way up this viaduct at Rahm, Indiana while all the land here was covered with floodwaters and that shot is my current header picture here on my page.
Many folks asked for a shot along the same viewpoint after the floodwaters receded back into the Ohio River and so here the shot a month later! On April 9th, 2021 CSX Q025 approaches the bridge over the Ohio river between Rahm, IN and Henderson, Ky as it makes its way south on the CSX Henderson Subdivision on a breathtaking spring day!
From the Web: The current viaduct and bridge were built by the L&N railroad and were dedicated on the last day of 1932 at a cost about $4 million. It replaced one erected in 1885, also built by the L&N, which at that time was the longest channel span of that type in the world at 2.3 miles long.
Tech Info: DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone, RAW, 4.5mm (24mm equivalent lens) f/2.8, 1/640, ISO 100.

Brian Crane commented on Jim's post
I flew over that area last Thursday on the way back from Henderson. Pretty impressive how much flooding there was.

1888 photo via info via photo gallery
Source: 1888 Panoramic Map

Photo via info via photo gallery
Source: Postcard

Fortunately, the street-view car driver was either a bridge or a railroad fan because I don't think most people would have bothered driving on Newman Road. It is more of a gravel lane than a road.
Street View
Obviously, the tracks are on an embankment here, so the trestle doesn't go further north than this spot. The following street view shows that the trestle does continue to this embankment.
Street View, maximum resolution

"The L&N railroad bridge dedicated the last day of 1932 cost about $4 million. It replaced one erected in 1885, which at that time was the longest channel span of that type in the world." [HendersonKY History] I wonder if it is still the longest channel span in the US. I can't find where I read it today, but the bridge is 2.3 miles long.

Javid's photo above indicates the trestle uses steel girders near the bridge where the bents are high. The "close-up" street view above shows that the trestle uses concrete girders when the bents are shorter and it is economical to place them closer together. A Bridge Hunter Photo captures the transition about a forth of the way from the right side of the photo. This photo confirms what I saw on the satellite image --- the spans get shorter as the bents get lower for the steel girders. I assume the depth of the steel girders decreases as the span decreases to save steel. A closeup photo of the transition The location of the transition

Ron Harper posted eight photos with the comment: "I was in Henderson Kentucky today Trestle that goes across the Ohio River."








Jim Person posted
5 of 12: I've been challenged by Fred Wolfe to post one pix a day, 12 in all, of some of my favorite shots of 2019 and to keep this ball rolling, I challenge Fred Guenther to post 12 of his 2019 best!

Today's photo is from May 18, 2019 - CSXT 911, the new CSX locomotive Honoring our 1st Responders, heads up intermodal Q026 with CSXT 5286 trailing as it makes its down the viaduct after crossing the Ohio River Bridge at Rahm, Indiana as it heads north on the Henderson Subdivision.
Jim Pearson No. 25-26 run between Miami and Chicago daily.

Bill Neil shared

[JP Photog catching two Tier 4 locos from the same vantage point.]

JP Photog posted a sequence of photos of a southbound CSX grain train starting with it going over the transition from concrete to steel girders. You can click the arrow on the right side of the photo to see more photos. Then he caught a coal train going over the steel girders.

Jim Pearson Photography caught a southbound CSX train on the trestle (source).
One of Jim's favorite shots of the trestle
Jim Pearson posted
September 12, 2020 - CSXT 945 leads Q503 south as it makes its way up the final leg of the viaduct to the bridge across the Ohio river to Henderson, Ky as it heads south on the Henderson Subdivision on the dog days of summer!
Tech Info: DJI Mavic Mini Drone, JPG, 4.5mm (24mm equivalent lens) f/2.8, 1/1000, ISO 100.

Jim Pearson Photography posted
CSX Q025 Southbound prepares to cross the Ohio River
On March 10th, 2021 CSX hot intermodal Q025 pulls up the final stretch of the viaduct as it prepares to cross over the Ohio River bridge at Henderson, Kentucky as it heads south on the Henderson Subdivision from Rahm, Indiana.
According to Wikipedia: The Henderson Bridge is a railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River between Henderson, Kentucky and Vanderburgh County, Indiana and the bridge is owned by CSX Transportation. The original bridge was constructed in 1884 to 1885 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad at a cost of $2,000,000.
The single-tracked bridge is approximately 3,686 feet long, and its longest span, at 525 feet, was reputed to be the longest trestle span in the world at that time. The bridge runs from the northern edge of Main Street in Henderson to the low water mark on the Indiana side, resting on 15 stone piers.
It was designed to carry two 118,000-pound engines followed by 60,000-pound coal tenders, and its maximum uniform load capacity was 2,500 pounds per foot.
A crowd of 8,000 watched the first train cross the bridge on July 13, 1885. Prior to the opening of the bridge, railroad passengers and freight had to be transferred to a ferry for the river crossing.
Tech Info: DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone, RAW, 4.5mm (24mm equivalent lens) f/2.8, 1/640, ISO 100.

A photo of a train with three locomotives on the S-curve of the flood plain approach trestle.

The following is a copy of the information provided by Tom's comments to make it easier to access the links:
Since the first link is now broke, I browsed his bridge photos hoping that I could find the overview of the floodplain under water. The comments on these two photos do confirm that the approach sometimes goes over a lot of water.
Tom Barrows Flickr
After spending the morning chasing an INRD coal drag, got the wild idea to try one more at Rahm. Like Trainchaser's shot the day before, we found a CSX grain train traversing the flood plain at Rahm. Instead of 10 feet of water (or more), it is now a landscape of mud puddles.....and sunsets!

Tom Barrows Flickr
Still hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, the water level was just under the ballast deck.

Jim Pearson Photography posted
CSX President’s Special southbound on the Henderson Subdivision
CSX President’s Passenger train P001 heads south up the viaduct approaching the bridge over the Ohio River at Henderson, Ky from Evansville, IN, with CSX Gevo units 3310, 3271 leading and CSXT 1 & 2 trailing as they pull 11 cars at a little over 1,000 ft long. Not sure, but I heard they had problems with PTC on CSXT 1 & 2 and that’s why they had to put the Gevos on the front on June 10th, 2021.
CSX has repainted two of its F40PH locomotives, to be used on its business train, into predecessor Baltimore & Ohio's blue, gray, and black paint scheme. CSX1 is former 9998 (former Amtrak 288) and from what I can find out CSXT 2 is the former F40PH 9993 (former Amtrak 395) but can’t really confirm it for sure. The other F40s are expected to be painted in the same scheme in the coming months as they are cycled through the shops.
Tech Info: DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone, RAW, 4.5mm (24mm equivalent lens) f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 100.


  1. Here is a distant image showing the entire floodplain under water:

  2. Here is a morning image of a Southbound about to start the grade segment leading to the bridge over the Ohio River:

  3. Here are a selection of images on my Flickr page if you care to browse! :

    1. Thanks for the share. Just today I came across a request for photos of Chessie or C&O American cranes, so I provided him a link to your crane photo.