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Bellaire railroad bridge by DragonWolfACe Bellaire railroad bridge by DragonWolfACe
Dont pay any attention to this, DA is being stupid.


Just 1/4 mile south of the Bellaire toll bridge is the Benwood-Bellaire railroad bridge. This bridge is even older than the 1925 toll bridge. This was rebuilt 1905 and is still serving as a vital link for coal trains.

Here a W&LE AEP Cardinal power plant coal train with juice to supply the valley with electricity crawls over the structure as it heads north.

Traffic wise, in a ironic turn of fate. These trains disappeared two years ago only to return as northbound emptys and southbound loads.

Look for this bridge in the upcoming movie, "Unstoppable."

Info from this site. [link]

The original steel bridge was built in 1870. The current steel structure was rebuilt in 1905 to accomadate heavier trains. When they rebuilt it, the B&O most of foreseen it to be used for heavier trains as even the massive 2-8-8-4 EM1's crossed this bridge 50 years later. The stone part of the structure is the original stone bridge and at the time it was built the longest stone arch bridge in the world.

Take a look at this to look at diagrams of the bridge!
[link]
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:icondirtboy45:
dirtboy45 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have these engines on my model railroad layout!  Thanks.  Keep posting these.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot i love it. i don't know why i haven't faved this sooner.
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:iconweeknie:
weeknie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Is this that bridge where the train almost falls over because it's going too fast?
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean Stanton curve in the movie Unstoppable? If so, yes, yes it is.
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:iconweeknie:
weeknie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice ^_^
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:iconpink-watcher:
Pink-Watcher Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
That's a great action photo with a lot of interesting details to discern.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
What a shot! :onfire:
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:iconeternalflame1891:
EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Sweet!
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:icondevianb:
devianb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Cool photo, a lot interesting things to see there.
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:icontlspangler:
tlspangler Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Really great shot! I want to go there and see it in person.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Come and see it just dont stay long! Bellaire is a depressing dieing village.
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:iconsamreevesphoto:
samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
I thought that bridge looked familiar. You did a better job photographing it than Hollywood did!
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, I did some shots of it when they were filming Unstoppable but didnt get near what I wanted.
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:iconnignag:
NigNag Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Outstanding
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:iconbelzelga1:
belzelga1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
looks like the tracks at one point spit at a wye
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wasnt really a wye but where another line joined to go across the river.
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:iconbelzelga1:
belzelga1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
cool
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:iconnorberthanke:
norberthanke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
eindrucksvoll!
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:icontimid-wolf:
timid-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
bellaire looks like a cool little town
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unless you consider a dirty run down drug infested crime ridden town cool...

But looks can be deceiving!
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:icontimid-wolf:
timid-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like "rustic". I hate clean and modern which is what I unfortunately have to live with. The drug-infested part I could do without though. I feel like the polar opposite of normal society some days.

Yeah
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here....same here!
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:icontimid-wolf:
timid-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool ^^
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome photo! Such detail and a cool train and bridge!
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:iconacela:
acela Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I love the way you let the train take up the whole shot. Really makes things work. Also, the livery shown in this shot is something I don't see often, and it naturally reminds me of the Rio Grande units from the 70s/80s. Keep up the good work!
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grovyle-n-wolfluvr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is an awesome shot of the bridge! I've seen it in person a few times, and it's never looked this good!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool shot!
-YD
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:iconthemightyquinn:
TheMightyQuinn Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot!

I found a site which describes the bridge in detail: [link]
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for the details!
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic shot!
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:iconsullivan1985:
sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really awesome location. Looks like the paint job on those Special Duties resembles the Denver & Rio Grande.
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:icondragonwolface:
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, they DO resemble the D&RGW. It helps that Mr Parson's, GM of W&LE, is from D&RGW management. W&LE is locally nicknamed Wheeling and Rio Grande.

Take a close look at the second unit, it is none other than a SD40X. One of only a few...five??...ever built.
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