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IANR - Beaver Creek Bridge

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North View

The area around the bridge is a gigantic swamp, so I had to walk in a big detour to the south to be able to reach the tracks.

Photo taken by Dylan VanAntwerp in April 2013

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Description 

The 1973 RI track chart has incomplete and incorrect information for this bridge. It only lists a 127ft truss span, completely omitting the approaches. The length is also way off, as the actual span length is 175ft.

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Beaver Creek on Iowa Northern
Location
Black Hawk County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1927
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Iowa Northern Railroad (IANR)
Design
3 Panel Ballasted Deck Pile Trestle
1 - 175' Subdivided Warren through truss
3 Panel Ballasted Deck Pile Trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 175.0 ft.
Total length: 265.0 ft.
Also called
IANR Bridge #160.5
Rock Island Bridge #1605
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.56880, -92.50088   (decimal degrees)
42°34'08" N, 92°30'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/540965/4713053 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Hartford
Inventory number
BH 51929 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added/corrected info
  • September 11, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info from track chart
  • April 26, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • April 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added build date & builder.
  • April 25, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • April 17, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway"
  • October 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added infor and changed name
  • April 4, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Chicago & North Western Railway", "Union Pacific Railroad", "Iowa Northern Railroad"
  • April 3, 2012: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com
  • Historic Bridges of Iowa

Comments 

IANR - Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

Yeah, but what is really funny is I deleted the auto-fill and re-labeled it, yet it still popped in its own heading.

IANR - Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2016, by Luke

It auto-fills with that for anything from the DOT's address. Probably associated with the historic bridge survey they did years ago.

IANR - Beaver Creek Bridge
Posted November 26, 2016, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I added a link to an interesting PDF file that contains an application Iowa Northern put together several years ago in attempt to attain TIGER funding for the rebuilding or replacing of bridges along its line. Every bridge that needed major repairs or needed replaced along the entire length of the railroad is listed in this application. Makes for some interesting reading. I have no idea why the website magically subbed "Historic Bridges of Iowa" for the title when I posted it. One of those mysteries of the electronic age we will never understand...

The Beaver Creek bridge is on pages 64-65 if anyone is interested.