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BNSF - Whitewater River Bridge



Through truss bridge over Whitewater River on BNSF Railroad
Augusta, Butler County, Kansas
Open to traffic
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.66188, -96.98809   (decimal degrees)
37°39'43" N, 96°59'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/677457/4170204 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45557 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Augusta, Kansas (3)
BNSF Railway (1,398)
Butler County, Kansas (118)
Girder (9,693)
Kansas (3,166)
Open (38,994)
Owned by railroad (11,807)
Plate girder (7,480)
Railroad (14,945)
Through girder (3,575)
Through truss (14,558)
Truss (31,960)
Whitewater River (Kansas) (26)

Update Log 

  • July 12, 2016: Updated by Robert Elder: Added Category Whitewater River (Kansas)
  • June 30, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added USGS Quadrangle
  • June 30, 2010: Added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net


Whitewater River Railroad Bridge
Posted February 15, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There was a plate girder railroad bridge closer to Augusta that was taken out recently. That might be the one. There has been interest in converting the railroad line further north into a rail trail. Obviously that would require a new bridge over the .Whitewater River. It would be nice if they would use a historic truss instead of a MOB.

Whitewater River Railroad Bridge
Posted February 14, 2014, by Don Morrison

Wayne, I think you may be thinking of a bridge farther north at 37.672815,-96.999328

Google Earth shows it before 2010, gone after.

Whitewater River Railroad Bridge
Posted February 14, 2014, by Wayne Schlueter (mrrail [at] cox [dot] net)

Back in the spring of 2009, I believe, I took several measurements and photos of this bridge and made a 3d cad model. The bridge was torn out later in the year.

Whitewater River Railroad Bridge
Posted June 30, 2010, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have not seen this bridge, but I discovered it thanks to aerial photos. MSR Maps, Google Earth, and Bing Maps (no Bird's Eye here yet) all indicate a through truss at this location. This is the last bridge of any type across the Whitewater River before it joins the Walnut River immediately downstream.