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Rob Roy Bridge

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New vertical lift span

Photo taken by David Miles

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over the Arkansas River on the Union Pacific Railroad northeast of Pine Bluff
Location
Jefferson County, Arkansas
Status
Open to railroad traffic
Design
Vertical lift Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.26624, -91.91443   (decimal degrees)
34°15'58" N, 91°54'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/599938/3792209 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rob Roy
Inventory number
BH 10395 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arkansas (1,462)
Arkansas River (91)
Jefferson County, Arkansas (11)
Movable (2,175)
Open (31,226)
Through truss (10,653)
Truss (25,528)
Union Pacific Railroad (1,340)
Vertical lift (373)
Warren through truss (1,159)
Warren truss (4,543)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 27, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • March 31, 2006: Posted photos from David Miles

Sources 

  • David Miles - imchillindave [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Fred Garcia
  • Douglas Butler

Comments 

Rob Roy Bridge
Posted November 7, 2012, by Steve Carras (gcarras [at] aol [dot] com)

If I'm not mistaken, this is the bridge with the unusual arrangement where there are six 239-foot long each lift spans, with horizontal movable towers (Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana 1941 edition). Am I right here, guys?

Rob Roy Bridge Lift Operation
Posted January 25, 2008, by PATRICK B. BYTHROW (bythrow [at] cox [dot] net)

Just a little note on the bridge's operation: There is no bridge tender or lift operator on site, nor is the bridge's lift automatic. The lift is remotely operated by a Union Pacific Train Dispatcher in Omaha Nebraska. When a boat needs to clear the bridge, the vessel's captain radios the dispatcher who then operates the controls to lift the bridge. When the boat is clear of the bridge the captain calls back in and the dispatcher lowers the bridge. If there is a train on the bridge or closely approaching it, the boat has to wait a while.

Rob Roy Bridge
Posted February 20, 2007, by Fred Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on Saturday 17 Feb 2007 at 5:45 pm. Getting close to this bridge was no easy matter. I tried various routes on dirt roads & levee's before I found on dirt levee road near the Lock & Dam. As one approaches the rails, the road is posted "Private No Tresspassing" but it is not gated and you can drive right to the AR river bank at the west approach of the bridge. This is probably the road that would be used by the lift span operator, unless this process is completely automated. This railroad bridge is very long and gangly, and has multiple configurations. A locomotive was towing a long string of railcars through the bridge when I arrived. Since I got there at sunset and didn't have a tripod, my photos are a bit off, but there is a lot of bridge here, for sure. Well worth seeing.

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