In the fog, massive balks of timber lay discarded beside the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge on Sidney Creek, NC.
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Beaufort County, NC
A blackwater creek that empties into Chocowinity Bay, Sidney Creek is characteristic of the Carolina coastal plain. The topography of the coastal plain is too flat to warrant much current except after heavy rains. There is no lunar influence, but wind tides are generated when a hard wind blows consistently across open water, driving the water before it, creating a wave with a long period. The water deepens at the wave’s crest but shoals in the trough. When the wind empties – or fills – Chocowinity Bay, it generates a current on Sidney Creek.
The Norfolk-Southern Railroad built this concrete bridge across Sidney Creek to carry the tracks that encircle Chocowinity Bay. Across the bay, the long, lonesome whistle of a night-bound train sounds like a song by Johnny Cash.
Historically, railroads have not been environmentally, or even culturally, sensitive. The Norfolk-Southern even renamed the village Marsden because Chocowinity was too hard for their telegraphers to code.
They also left balks of timber beside the bridge in case they were ever needed. It seems they’ve waited a long time for the need to arrive.
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