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DME - Foster Viaduct #2


Photograph originally taken by Richard Scott Marsh. "Vintagization" by Luke


BH Photo #257705


Canadian Pacific on the Foster, IA trestles 10/31/12

West of Blakesburg, Iowa on the DM&E's Laredo Subdivision, there are three trestles spanning the rolling hills of southeastern Monroe County. Two of the trestles are located at a point known as "Foster" a few miles out of Moravia. I've shot many DM&E freights here before but never at this angle. This mixed freight I'd chased out of Ottumwa earlier that afternoon, and is powered by a pair of CP AC4400CW's. Enjoy!

Video posted by Bobby Harvey

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Deck plate girder bridge over Soap Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
Monroe County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1937-38
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- M.M. Moen Co. of Mason City, Iowa (Substructure)
- McClintic-Marshall Co. of Chicago, Illinois & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Superstructure)
- Stark Construction Co. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Substructure)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- I&M Rail Link (IMRL)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Deck plate girder
Total length: 965.0 ft.
Also called
MILW - Foster Viaduct #2
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.92907, -92.76393   (decimal degrees)
40°55'45" N, 92°45'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/519875/4530910 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 21, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added additional builders
  • October 19, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 29, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • May 5, 2013: New photo from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • May 3, 2013: New video from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • February 6, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • January 27, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "I&M Rail Link", "Soo Line Railroad"
  • January 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected stream name.
  • August 2, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Built 1937-38"
  • August 2, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Tall Bridges"
  • August 1, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • July 31, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited name
  • May 27, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Curved", "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad", "Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad", "Iowa, Chicago, and Eastern Railroad", "Canadian Pacific Railway", "Railroad"