Railroad bridge gives glimpse into past

In October 2015 I was with a friend tracing an old railroad line and we came across something somewhat unexpected. Since the both of us were sort of “tuned in” to old railroad line remnants, we spotted this railroad bridge across a rural road just outside of Avilla in Noble County. As you can see, it still has the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad emblem on it. The B & O was one of the most famous railroad lines ever. It cut across northern Indiana on its way to Chicago. One of the old B & O lines ran just north of Milford where I work. It’s interesting the emblem would still be there because the B & O was merged and bought out several years ago. But apparently there is a reason for the bridge still being the way it is. This is still an active line and only moments before the photo was taken a train came through. You could say this railroad bridge across a rural road in northern Indiana gives a glimpse into the past.

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Old B & O Railroad bridge near Avilla.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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