|Toledo Terminal - Upper Maumee River Bridge
|City or Area:
||Built in 1902. Possibly first used in September, 1903.
|Last Year Used:
||May, 1982. A derailment on the bridge damaged
the structure. [GLF]
||The bridge is still in
place, however the tracks were removed some time ago. Each
fixed span of the bridge is made up of 6 truss panels measuring 25
feet each, for a fixed span length of 150 feet. There are a
total of 8 such spans, thus a total fixed span length of 1,200 feet.
The swing span is 250 feet long. The last train to use the
bridge was probably around 1980. The roadway parallel to the
bridge is the Ohio Turnpike. Information and photo from
Gary Franks. Additional Comments.
The Toledo Terminal
Railroad swing bridge over the Maumee River (the "upper" bridge.
Below, a steam
powered freight train traverses the upper Maumee River Toledo
Terminal Bridge during the winter of 1904, about a year after
the bridge was constructed. [Gary Franks collection]
A Norfolk & Western
coal train heads east across the upper Maumee River bridge near
Toledo in 1978. [Doug Leffler]
Additional Comments From
"The swing span on the bridge, if used at all, may have opened only a
few times in its earliest days. When this area was settled (ca. 1816 -
1836), the towns of Maumee and Perrysburg, about 3-4 miles above this
bridge, were the centers of commercial riverboat traffic in the area.
However, a rock bar in the river about 2 miles below this bridge only
allowed boats with 6' or less of draft to pass upriver. As higher draft
boats came into being, the port of Toledo (downriver about 10 miles)
became the center of commercial navigation.
"The Toledo Terminal Railroad was formed in the early 20th century
(1903) when commercial navigation upriver to Maumee and Perrysburg was
declining; however, there still must have been some traffic of low-draft
boats as this bridge was built to open with a center swing span. The
clearance of the center swing span above normal water levels is about 30
- 35 feet............I was able to sail my Hobie Cat 16 with a mast
height of 28 feet above water under it with no problem about 15 years
ago. The bridge immediately above the Toledo Terminal bridge is an Ohio
"The other bridges on my
website are about 4 miles upstream of the TTRR
and Ohio Turnpike bridges. At this location in the river (Foot of the
Rapids), the river is not navigable to commercial traffic. In the 1925
picture, the rail bridge on the right of the auto bridge was constructed
ca. 1854 (carrier unknown, but I'm currently researching it) and was
also used later as an interurban light rail bridge until 1927(note dual
gauge tracks in the picture). The bridge to the left of the auto bridge
was the Toledo, Bowling Green & Southern Interurban railway's bridge
constructed ca. 1905 / demolished ca. 1930."
Gary L. Franks, PE is a local civil engineer with an interest in Maumee
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