Sunday, January 15, 2023

1911 NS/Southern Trestle over James River near Lynchburg, VA

(Bridge Hunter; no Historic Bridges; 3D Satellite)

Photo by liquidflame via BridgeHunter via steemi, License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Locomotives posted
4501 crosses the James River near Lynchburg, Virginia on July 7, 1974.
Photo by John Briggs
From the collection of Bruce Phillips
Rich Driver: From the cover of Southern Steam Specials...
Labor Day, 1982 Photo by Paul Woodring via BridgeHunter
Last trip of N&W 611 inaugural return to steam weekend, Labor Day, 1982, enroute to Alexandria, VA from Roanoke, VA.

jpmueller via BridgeHunter via wikimedia, License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
Amtrak Train 156, the Northeast Regional, crosses the James River trestle shortly after departing Lynchburg, VA. The train is headed to Boston.  Apr 24, 2011

G. R. Harper commented on BridgeHunter
History: This span and three others were built in the early 1900's as part of the Southern Railway's (now Norfolk Southern) "Lynchburg cut-off" project, which bypassed the original line of the railroad through downtown Lynchburg, with its tight curves and steep grades. Information I have gathered by perusing the microfilm archives of the local paper says that the contracts for the cut-off were let on April 2, 1906. The line opened for freight traffic on March 1, 1911, and passenger traffic followed on April 16, 1911. The span was built with double-track. The Southern single-tracked the trestle about 1962. This span has been the sight of several pedestrian (the RR calls them trespassers) fatalities over the years, the most recent being November 17, 2011.
In addition to this massive, iconic structure, (1860 ft. long and 150 ft. high) the other three trestles on the seven-mile-long cut-off are Harris Creek trestle, to the north of the James, and Blackwater Creek and Fishing Creek trestles to the south.

1968 Lynchburg Quad @ 24,000

Bonus: the south portal of the tunnel that is just south of the river.
Street View, Jul 2019

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