Broadnax in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Bridges of Brunswick County
Almost forty years later, to permit the operation of heavier steam locomotives, the Southern Railway installed new timber structural reinforcement called falsework. However, the timber falsework created a problem. Whenever the river rose there was the danger of the new falsework washing out and breaking the line. ln response, bridge gangs were sent by the railroad to keep it free of drift. In 1939 the problem was resolved when the Meherrin River Bridge was renewed with a new heavier truss and concrete piers as seen in the 1948 photo.
The new prefabricated bridge span for the Tobacco Heritage Trail is supported by the 1939-installed piers.
Steam locomotive 575 on the A&D line between West Norfolk and Suffolk H. Reid
Railroad Trestle Bridge over Roses Creek, Lawrenceville
Meherrin River Bridge, 1948William E. Griffin, Jr.
Upper view of Railroad Trestle Bridge in Lawrenceville
Erected by Tobacco Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 36° 44.085′ N, 77° 56.919′ W. Marker is in Broadnax, Virginia, in Brunswick County. Marker is on Tobacco Heritage Trail 0.6 miles east of Evans Creek Road (County Route 623), on the left when traveling east. Located at the Meherrin River crossing. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. You are Traveling Through the Scenic Meherrin River Watershed! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tobacco As a Way of Life (approx. 0.6 miles away); The American Thoroughbred in Brunswick (approx. 3.3 miles away); Rolling Post Office (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd (approx. 3.8 miles away); Staunton River Raid (approx. 4.2 miles away); Native Americans and Fort Christanna (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fort Christanna: Established 1714 (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broadnax.
Also see . . . Tobacco Heritage Trail. (Submitted on May 1, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.