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RI - Dry Branch Creek Bridge #5

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Overview
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Dry Branch Creek on former Rock Island RR
Location
Des Moines County, Iowa
Status
Destroyed by derailment
History
Destroyed August 1979
Railroads
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Design
1 - 44' Deck Plate Girder
Dimensions
Span length: 44.0 ft.
Total length: 44.0 ft.
Also called
Rock Island #67
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.89569, -91.11783   (decimal degrees)
40°53'44" N, 91°07'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/658546/4528882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kingston
Inventory number
BH 59122 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added derailment info + links
  • January 1, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "railroad"

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RI Dry Branch Creek Bridge #5
Posted January 1, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This bridge might have been demolished. It's pretty hard to tell from the aerial views I've looked at. As to why it would have been removed while all its neighbors remained is anybody's guess. However, I do seem to remember a bridge being out of service near Latty or Sperry when this line was abandoned in 1980. Perhaps this DPG simply ended up in the creek.