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MILW - Middle English River Bridge

Photos 

Middle pier and north approach

Photo taken by Tim Courtney in May 2019

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BH Photo #447174

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Middle English River on former Milwaukee Road
Location
Iowa County, Iowa
Status
Demolished
History
Line abandoned 1979, bridge removed shortly thereafter
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
Design
3 x 16' Concrete Slab
1 x 100' Deck Plate Girder
2 x 16' Concrete Slab
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #I-812
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.54067, -92.04404   (decimal degrees)
41°32'26" N, 92°02'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/579737/4599220 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North English
Land survey
T. 78 N., R. 10 W., Sec. 19
Elevation
726 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 56081 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2019: New photo from Tim Courtney
  • April 22, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad", "railroad"

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Comments 

MILW - Middle English River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2019, by Tim Courtney

A good mystery here. Based on the difference in elevation between top of pier and the top of rail would be somewhat inclined to give thought that it may have been a variant of truss spans as opposed to DPG. Or perhaps since track charts say DPG they were used as a replacement for washout. Didnít post the pic but original bridge was a timber pile trestle our canoe drug across the timbers.

MILW - Middle English River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The pier in the middle makes me think two DPG spans.

MILW - Middle English River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2019, by Dylan VanAntwerp (dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com)

I took a best guess when I posted it based off the pixelated squiggles on the track chart. Corrections welcome.

MILW - Middle English River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found in a 1970 track chart:

Bridge #I-812

3-15' C. Br

Steel Br Deck 100'x28'

2-16' Sp C. Br

Doesn't specify one span, could've been 2-50' spans or a similar configuration?

MILW - Middle English River Bridge
Posted May 11, 2019, by Tim Courtney

Does not appear to be a single 100ft DPG as there is a pier in middle. Someone with a track chart could perhaps look up the appropriate span info.