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Who owns the old railroad bridge on the Northeast Cape Fear River? Will it ever be taken down?

Ken Little
StarNews

The railroad trestle on the Northeast Cape Fear River, north of the Isabel Holmes Bridge, is owned by CSX.

It has not been used in a number of years.

“There are no plans to remove it at this time,” says CSX spokeswoman Carla Groleau.

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7 Responses to “ Who owns the old railroad bridge on the Northeast Cape Fear River? Will it ever be taken down?”

  1. On June 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm Nathan wrote:

    Then how do trains coming from the west get into Wilmington? Is there another trestle that spans the river somewhere?

  2. On June 18, 2010 at 6:00 am Dave wrote:

    All trains get into Wilmington via the Hilton Railroad Bridge just to the north of the Isabel Holmes Bridge.

  3. On June 19, 2010 at 6:50 am justin wrote:

    So how, exactly, do trains get from the Navassa train yard to Wilmington? And why does the bridge continue to be raised and lowered if it’s not in use? Shouldn’t it simply be left open for ship traffic…?

  4. On June 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm Roger wrote:

    There is a railroad bridge that is between Castle Hayne and Burgaw that is an old and rusty swing bridge on Highway 133, near Paul’s Place.

  5. On June 24, 2010 at 7:54 am Aaron wrote:

    The statement “north of the Isabel Homes Bridge” can be a little misleading, although correct. The swing bridge on the NE Cape Fear River, between US 117 and I-40, is owned by CSX and has not been used in a number of years. It is, however, north of the Homes bridge. The white drawbridge directly north of the Homes bridge is used nearly daily as is the lift bridge in Navassa over the Cape Fear River.

    In fact, the tracks are removed only a few miles north of the swing bridge. If NCDOT passenger service ever comes to ILM, this would be a possible route to Raleigh. The other would be south out of Selma to Pembroke and turn east and come through Lumberton, Clarkton, Riegelwood, and Leland.

  6. On July 5, 2010 at 6:21 am Dave wrote:

    The railroad bridge over the Cape Fear River at Navassa is not a lift bridge. It is a drawbridge. Technically, both it and the Hilton Railroad Bridge (the one you can see directly to the north of the Isabel Holmes Bridge) are single leaf bascule bridges.

  7. On February 29, 2012 at 1:08 am Debbie wrote:

    Could it be possible that the question is in regards to the railroad trestle on the Northeast Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne? Right near the New Hanover County / Pender County line.



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