locked Re: Southern K&IT Bridge
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Thanks! One of my NS projects was to put a fiber optic cable across the bridge so I was all over the K&IT ROW in ’12 and ’13. I could not have missed a track passing underneath. Of course, we worked with local NS folks that would have known about the loop but the subject never came up.
For the first time in many years, I drove over the bridge on the old NB highway lane (following an NS special agent). I don’t know when the bridge was closed to auto traffic but I remember crossing it (cost $.15?) years ago. The locals wanted to open a bike path/walking trail across the bridge but I don’t expect that happened?
For those of us that were born and raised in Louisville, KY or just across the Ohio River in Indiana the "Southern Loop" is well known. Your map shows the Southern Loop (yellow line) splitting off the B&O about a 1/2 a block past the point where the B&O splits off the K&IT trackage coming off the K&IT bridge over the Ohio River. The Southern track which was the original mainline then loops around to cross under the K&IT tracks. This arrangement was replaced when the Southern redid their alignment in the 1970's and split off the K&IT right at the end of the bridge bypassing the Loop and the street running.
The attached photo shows train #120 crossing under itself as it heads WB off the K&IT bridge. The new alignment wiped out this trackage with the fill for the new alignment running through this scene right about where the photographer is standing. If you visit New Albany today you can still find the loop right-of-way in places if you know where to look and the overpass in the photo is still there. Although it is obscured by trees now.