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UP - American River Bridge (East)

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American Rvr Union Pacific East

Looking SW.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott

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BH Photo #176030

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Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over American River on Union Pacific BNSF railroad
Location
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1910
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Five span Warren Through Truss with extensive steel and concrete trestle approach across flood plane on North side.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 204.0 ft.
Total length: 2,244.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.59016, -121.45022   (decimal degrees)
38°35'25" N, 121°27'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/634972/4272436 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
49 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 46034 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • January 29, 2016: New Street View added by Dave King
  • May 14, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • September 5, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott

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Comments 

UP - American River Bridge (East)
Posted June 25, 2017, by Luke

According to https://books.google.com/books?id=Tp85AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA807&dq=s... both this bridge and the WP bridge were constructed around the same time.

UP - American River Bridge (East)
Posted June 25, 2017, by Paul Betancourt (betancp [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's actually the third span in that location: the grade and concrete piers from the second span (which washed out in 1909, IIRC) are still visible - there are also several submerged railroad cars from an unsuccessful effort by SP to save the second span. There's a good piece in an article about Elvas that ran in the Winter 2016 issue of SP Trainline that covers the bridges.

American River Union Pacific RR East
Posted May 3, 2013, by Zachary S

Should information be added about the old wooden trestle that burnt here be added? There are some interesting statistics here - http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/10901-fire-...