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UP - East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore)

Photo 

1972 RI Derailment

Photo taken by the The Humboldt Republican

BH Photo #273779

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad
Location
Humboldt County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
Railroads
- Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCRN)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
1 - 81' Deck Plate Girder
2 - 73.5' Deck Plate Girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 81.0 ft.
Total length: 228.0 ft.
Also called
Rock Island Bridge #1510
RI East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.85237, -94.16690   (decimal degrees)
42°51'09" N, 94°10'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/404660/4745080 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Livermore
Inventory number
BH 52736 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 6, 2014: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info from 1973 RI track chart
  • February 5, 2014: New photo from Luke Harden
  • September 2, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Removed categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacifc Railroad" and "Minneapolis St. Louis Railway"
  • June 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Des Moines River", "Minneapolis & St Louis Railway", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "Chicago & North Western Railway", "Union Pacific Railroad"

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Livermore, Iowa - Imagery + Info
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com

Comments 

UP East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore)
Posted February 7, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I considered that possibility, but considering how financially dire the Rock Island's situation was getting, I wonder if they would have gone through the expense of building a new bridge. My guess is they simply patched up whatever damage was done to the piers and put the DPG back up on them.

UP East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore)
Posted February 6, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Since my comments last year, I looked further into it. The M&StL Bridge was elsewhere, and was a standard pile trestle. This one is indeed a RI bridge. As for the piers, it may have had something to do with the pictured derailment?

UP East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore)
Posted February 6, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

If you look closely with the sattelite view, the bridge seems to have two piers set rather close together mid-channel, along with a really long approach from the east bank that looks like it could be a steel stringer. It's quite possible UP or CNW replaced this bridge at some point.

UP East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore)
Posted February 6, 2014, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

This rail line was originally built by the Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Northern before the Rock Island took them over. Unless M&STL had trackage rights on this line, I don't think they had anything to do with it.

Des Moines River Railroad Bridge
Posted September 14, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Interesting. When I changed it to CNW, the map showed the east side of Dakota City. The map appears to have been changed, so I do not

Know what RR built it

Des Moines River Railroad Bridge
Posted September 2, 2012, by John Marvig

Not M&StL. This is ex CNW. The M&StL bridge is at gotch park