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UP - Camden Bridge



Photo taken June 2002 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #100741



Through truss swing bridge over Ouachita River on the Cotton Belt (now Union Pacific) Railroad at Camden
Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas
Still in use
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Swing Warren through truss
Also called
SP - Camden Bridge
SSW - Camden Bridge
Camden Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.60083, -92.82391   (decimal degrees)
33°36'03" N, 92°49'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/516337/3717912 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 10473 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


  • Wayne Kizziar - waynekizziar [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Fred Garcia
  • Douglas Butler


UP - Camden Bridge
Posted May 11, 2020, by Brad Smith (gaberdine [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As to the moveable status of this bridge, it is a safe guess that it has not been opened in decades. The Ben Laney Bridge was built downstream in 1947 at about the same height above the water and it is NOT MOVEABLE. So 75 years might be a good figure.

The Martin Bridge (1912) that the Ben Laney Bridge Replaced WAS moveable.

Today, the Ouachita river is commercially navigable to Camden, basically to the Ben Laney Bridge. Even that is losing support because the freight volumes on the Ouachita-Black Rivers Navigation Project has low freight volumes. Not sure if ANY freight is actually going as far as Camden.

Camden Railroad Bridge
Posted September 7, 2009, by Fredrick Garcia (fandsgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 6 Sept '09. I could see the bridge from the Ben Laney Bridge further downstream, but took a little bit of searching to locate it. Mosquitos were thick. This bridge does not appear to have had a control house, or if it did, there's no trace. However, there are two square shanked shafts between the ties over the pivot pier. Walked across & back. Trains don't run on weekends according to track inspector I met on bridge. He drove up in one of those pickup trucks that can run on the rails. Attaching a few images to augment those previously uploaded by Wayne Kizziar.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.

Camden Railroad Bridge
Posted April 4, 2008, by Clark

From the looks of the swinging turntable, it looks like has not been opened for years, maybe even decades.