The James River Bridge

Snowden, Virginia

This picture was taken in May 2004, on the CSX (former Chesapeake & Ohio) line that runs along the James River. This location (approx. 20 miles upriver from Lynchburg) is where the former C&O crossed over to the north bank of the river. The closest former station is called Major, though there wasn't much to see. The bridge at left is the abandoned rail bridge; the original piers were used and extended, and a new foot bridge was opened on the same alignment. This foot bridge is now part of the Appalachian Trail.

The new rail bridge is longer than the old one, but it resulted in a straighter rail alignment. The former rail right of way on the south river bank, for the relocated section, has been almost completely reclaimed by nature - it was difficult to tell that a rail line had been there.

The former C&O James River bridge, now a pedestrian bridge for t...
The former C&O James River bridge, now a pedestrian bridge for the Appalachian Trail. The girder bridge to the right is the replacement rail bridge. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2004.

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