Tennessee River Railroad Bridge

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Tennessee River Railroad Bridge

Tenbridge is a vertical-lift railroad bridge over the Tennessee River. It has a main span of 310 feet (94 m), and is one of the longest vertical lift spans in the United States.

The original span was a swing span with a center pivot that was originally built in ca. 1879/1880. It was replaced by a vertical lift span in 1917, but the lift towers and machinery were not installed until 1920. It remains a very busy crossing on the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway, a major subsidiary of the Norfolk Southern Railway. The bridge carries two mainline tracks across the river.

The bridge is one of only three known nesting locations in Tennessee for Peregrine Falcon, a Tennessee and Federal Endangered species.

Sources
  • Walker, Alan (2003). Images of Rail: Railroads of Chattanooga. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. 

Coordinates: 35°06′16″N 85°14′01″W / 35.1045°N 85.2335°W / 35.1045; -85.2335

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