January - February 1981 Ties

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Southern Scenes

The feature shows a passenger train in the early 1905 crossing High Bridge in Kentucky. The bridge spans the Kentucky River between Jessamine and Mercer counties. High Bridge, the highest railroad bridge over a navigable stream in the world when opened for use in 1877, was rebuilt in 1909. It is 1,230 feet long, 308 feet above the low water level and 768 feet above sea level. The bridge's 7,000 tons of steel are pinned together with 178,500 rivets. A copy of the lithograph on metal is displayed in the SR Washington office building.


A northbound Southern freight train photographed just south of Charlottesville, Va. The picture was taken with a cross screen filter over the lens, giving the headlight a star effect.