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ISRY - Chariton River Bridge


Photo taken by Chris Guenzler

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BH Photo #239878



Railroad Motorcar Run

The bridge appears at around the 3:00 mark

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This bridge has an unusual combination of spans, 5 total, all of which are of different lengths. The main span is a subdivided Warren through truss, the secondary span is a smaller Warren through truss, along with 3 DPG spans.


All lengths are approximate


Warren through truss bridge on Iowa Southern Railway over Chariton River
Appanoose County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1945
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Appanoose County Community Railroad (APNC)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Iowa Southern Railway (ISRY)
155' Warren through truss with sub-panels
118' Warren through truss with all verticals
90' DPG
82' DPG
50' DPG
Length of largest span: 155.0 ft.
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Also called
RI - Chariton River Bridge (1946 Alignment)
Rock Island Bridge #3287
APNC - Chariton River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.70687, -92.77414   (decimal degrees)
40°42'25" N, 92°46'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/519079/4506241 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Centerville East
Inventory number
BH 51311 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 26, 2016: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • January 2, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: corrected info
  • September 7, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info
  • May 14, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • May 13, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added builder/build date
  • September 23, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • February 17, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chariton River"

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Chariton River Railroad Bridge
Posted May 8, 2012, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This railroad bridge was originally built and owned by the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific railroad and was part of the Golden State Route mainline. This bridge was built as part of a 1946 realignment through much of SE Iowa which reduced grades and mileage. The original bridge was several miles north, and I believe you can still see the stumps of the timbers sticking out of the river bottom. The original crossing location was just south of the present day Highway 2 bridge. The Rock Island went bankrupt and ceased operations in 1980.