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RI - Elmira Junction Culvert

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Elmira CRIP culvert

View from Elmira Rd

Photo taken by Andrew Ploessl

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BH Photo #451230

Map 

Description 

Slated or is part of the Herbert Hoover Trail, but currently has 'Private Property' signs onsite.

Facts 

Overview
Rail-Top Culvert bridge over Unnamed Tributary of Rapid Creek on Former CRIP
Location
Johnson County, Iowa
Status
Abandoned
Builders
- Cedar Valley Quarry of Cedar Valley, Iowa (Extractor)
- Elmer J.C. Bealer of Cedar Valley, Iowa (Substructure Quarrier)
Railroads
- Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway (BCRN)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
Design
Rail-Top Culvert
Dimensions
Total length: 25.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.71900, -91.41780   (decimal degrees)
41°43'08" N, 91°25'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/631610/4619787 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85801 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2019: Updated by Luke: Merged info from other entry
  • July 1, 2019: New photo from Andrew Ploessl

Sources 

  • Luke

Comments 

RI - Elmira Junction Culvert
Posted June 30, 2020, by Luke

Thanks, I've never seen one with the "deck" missing.

RI - Elmira Junction Culvert
Posted June 30, 2020, by Douglas W. Jones (douglas-w-jones [at] uiowa [dot] edu)

That's not a stone deck over the rails. Just a line of heavy stone along each edge of the rail deck. The deck is solid rails laid side to side, with ballast over the top. The stone sides are to retain the ballast.

RI - Elmira Junction Culvert
Posted June 30, 2020, by Douglas W. Jones (douglas-w-jones [at] uiowa [dot] edu)

This culvert is over one branch of Rapid Creek. I've examined numerous rail-topped culverts of the BCR&N, topped with old 65# rail built on Cedar Valley Quarry limestone blocks. This is the only such culvert I've examined that has 2 spans with an intermediate pier, and the only one I've examined that was built under what must have been 2 or 3 parallel tracks, and the only one I've examined that is on a diagonal to the centerline of the former track. In addition, it is the only one I've examined with two layers of rail. One layer is perependicular to the axis of the culvert, the other is parallel to the line of the track.

RI - Elmira Junction Culvert
Posted July 1, 2019, by Luke

Thanks Andrew for getting out to this! It's an example of a structure the BCRN was fond of building that's a stringer made up of old rails with a stone deck.