NS: (Bridge Hunter; same satellite)
Clinchfield is a nickname for the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio RR and the reporting mark was CCO
The lower bridge is NS and the taller trestle is CSX.
|Aug 2018 photo taken by Timothy & Joann Phillips via BridgeHunter-NS,|
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
|Ron Flanary posted|
In September 1990, a morning eastbound NS coal train is crossing the low bridge over Copper Creek, near Speers Ferry, VA. [I could not find Speers Ferry on Google Maps. But then I remembered that Bridge Hunter probably had a search function. So "Copper Creek" made it easy to find these bridges.]
Randall Hampton shared
He's just a few miles south of Natural Tunnel. The upper bridge is the old Clinchfield.
The bridges are where the Copper Creek joins the Clinch River.
The girders across the towers are 40' and the girders between the towers are 70'. The short girders are as deep as the long ones. The top of the bridge is 167' above ground. [BridgeHunter-CSX]
|James F. Gentner captured the road side plaque in Jun 2009|
"At 167 feet over the Copper Creek - Clinch River junction, the Copper Creek Viaduct wsa then one of the tallest railroad bridges in the eastern United States. Construction of this trestle -- and many other bridges and fifty-five tunnels -- by the CC&O opened up coal deposits in Virginia and Kentucky via a superbly engineered direct rail route to numerous cities in the Carolinas, Georgi, and Florida. Prior to its completion, alternate rail routes to these markets were over one hundred miles longer and featured some of the steepest grades in the United States."
[What a difference a decade can make. The plaque says the Clinchfield route handles 18-24 coal trains a day. In Oct 2015, CSX mothballed the line between Elkhorn City, KY, and Spartanburg, SC. But it was reopened in 2017 because of Hunter's new "Precision Schedule Railroading" traffic pattern. [American-Rails] CSX and NS share each others route through here. That is why the photo on the plaque has a CSX train on each bridge.]
Note the NS bridge peeking out amongst the trees at the bottom.
|Aug 1987 photo by Geoff Hubbs looking East via BridgeHunter-CSX,|
License: Released into public domain
|Looking Northeast via Pinterest via BridgeHunter-CSX,|
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)