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AKMD - Gulpha Creek Bridge

Photos 

View towards southeast

One timber supported trestle and two girder trestles on concrete piers before the the through truss. A auto salvage yard is below the timber trestle.

Photo taken by Fredrick Garcia in November 2007

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BH Photo #113487

Map 

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss & trestle bridge over Gulpha Creek on Union Pacific in Hot Springs. Rock ballast west abutment has a metal number plate (408.1 - is all that is on it) fastened to it.
Location
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas
Status
Open to infrequent railroad traffic
History
No builders plate found
Railroads
- Arkansas Midland Railroad (AKMD)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP; MoPac)
- St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway (StLIM&S)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Through truss, steel girders, timber trestles. Cut stone abutment east, timber & ballast abutment west, concrete piers. Riveted unpainted structural members. Latticed verticals.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 300.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 20.0 ft.
Also called
UP - Gulpha Creek Bridge
MoPac - Gulpha Creek Bridge
StLIM&S - Gulpha Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.49997, -93.00636   (decimal degrees)
34°29'60" N, 93°00'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/499416/3817593 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hot Springs South
Inventory number
BH 36446 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 8, 2011: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • March 4, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added location
  • April 10, 2008: New photos from Wayne Kizziar
  • March 31, 2008: Added by Fredrick Garcia

Sources 

  • Fred Garcia
  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Gulpha Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted April 22, 2011, by William McFadden (jeeper360 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The 408.1 is the milepost. This line was originally the Little Rock and Hot Springs Western railroad and crossed over the Hot Springs railroad (Diamond Jo line). Later, it was acquired by the Iron Mountain (and thence Missouri Pacific) and the Hot Springs railroad was acquired by the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf (and thence the Rock Island). I assume the Missouri Pacific built the bridge that is still standing since the 408.1 milepost would have been theirs and not the Little Rock and Hot Springs Western. At some point the Missouri Pacific acquired the Rock Island's line and abandoned their line from here to Benton and transferred onto their line through the switchback that continues to be used today by the Arkansas Midland railroad.

Gulpha Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted June 16, 2009, by Jeff Fomby (sjfomby [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The chances are very good that the 408 figure is the elevation above sea level.