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UP - Iowa River Bridge

Photos 

Looking East

Photo taken by Daniel Barnes in November 2017

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BH Photo #410863

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Iowa River on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Tama County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1900
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Lassig Plant)
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 156.0 ft.
Total length: 216.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.98033, -92.68624   (decimal degrees)
41°58'49" N, 92°41'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/525992/4647639 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Montour
Inventory number
BH 52819 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • July 7, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Daniel Barnes
  • Luke

Comments 

UP - Iowa River Bridge
Posted November 12, 2017, by Daniel Barnes

I went on Sunday figuring it would be quieter in town. I have observed many times that there can be a late afternoon lull in RR traffic on Sundays & Fridays. (as I also photograph trains) I counted on that lull. I started in Montour at 2:09, I followed the weather & counted on the sun being out by the time I was at the bridge which worked out. I arrived back in town just at sunset. A train came at 2:43 when I was half way there & then at 4:58 as I arrived back. I planned very carefully for this one.

UP - Iowa River Bridge
Posted November 12, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pretty daring adventure. What day of week and time did you do it? How many trains came by? I go to school in Ames and I know that it is a very busy mainline.

UP - Iowa River Bridge
Posted November 12, 2017, by Daniel Barnes

Basically I hiked all the way to it & the other bridges along that track, then back to Montour. I picked a time when I knew RR traffic would be lighter to make it much safer. I had tried to get to it 2 other times.

UP - Iowa River Bridge
Posted November 12, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Daniel,

You beat me to this one! How did you get back to it?

Looks like the portal was redone at some point?