Vera Junction Bridge

    Vera Junction Bridge

    The Vera Junction Bridge carried the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (C&E) over the Scioto River near Portsmouth, Ohio.


    The Vera Junction Bridge carried the Cincinnati & Eastern Railway (C&E) over the Scioto River near Portsmouth, Ohio. The C&E is an active and out-of-service a railroad between Claire near Cincinnati, Ohio east to Portsmouth, operated today by the Cincinnati Eastern Railroad. At its western terminus, it connected with the Cincinnati, Lebanon, and Northern (CL&N) and the Pennsylvania Railroad Richmond Division (PRR), and to the Scioto Valley Railway at its eastern terminus.

    The original 1,000-foot crossing of the Scioto River was finished in August 1884, 1 2 which was replaced with new multi-span truss bridges fabricated by the American Bridge Company in 1913. 3

    Because of the Portsmouth Branch’s sharp curves, steep grades, and a lack of customers, Norfolk Southern (C&E’s successor) railbanked the Peavine between Peebles and Vera Junction in 2001.


    Information

    • State: Ohio
    • Route: Norfolk Southern Railway
    • Type: Pratt Through Truss
    • Status: Abandoned / Closed

    Sources

    1. “Corporate Timeline of the Norfolk & Western Railway.” Norfolk & Western Historical Society. 14 Dec. 2008 Article.
    2. Hilton, George Woodman. “Cincinnati & Eastern Railway.” American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990. 464-465.
      1. Stewart, Ken. “The Cincinnati & Eastern Railway and The Cincinnati, New Richmond & Ohio River Railroad.” The Fractured Frog 2.10 (May 1985): 11-13. Newsletter of the Queen City Division Railroad Enthusiasts.
    3. Bridge plaque.

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