photos by Charlie London
While driving down Marconi underneath the train trestle one might not notice the significant damage there.
It looks like a large truck hit the side of the bridge and damaged not only the cement siding but one of the i-beams underneath as well. Why is this important? Consider that the average locomotive weighs around 250,000 pounds and EACH rail car weighs 60,000 to 100,000 pounds EMPTY. Trains with a hundred freight cars go over that bridge daily. That’s a lot of weight on a damaged bridge.
This bridge is maintained by the Norfolk Southern Railway. If this damage concerns you please call 1-800-453-2530