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BNSF - Little Walnut River Bridge

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BNSF Little Walnut River Bridge

Looking North

Photo taken by John Marvig in October 2017

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BH Photo #408631

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt Through truss bridge over Little Walnut River on BNSF Railway
Location
Butler County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1897
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Also called
BNSF - Bridge 195A
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.54219, -97.00453   (decimal degrees)
37°32'32" N, 97°00'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/676289/4156893 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Douglass
Inventory number
BH 48874 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 1, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 7, 2011: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

BNSF - Little Walnut River Bridge
Posted November 1, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan called it! Laced top chords!

BNSF Little Walnut River Bridge
Posted April 10, 2014, by galen waterman (ggh2oman [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember the bridge well. It was numbered 195A. The Little Walnut River was on the north side of my parents property. The Douglass District (Augusta -Winfield) Middle Division of the Santa Fe went thru their property. As an early railfan I was in hog heaven.

Various folks from Douglass untilized the river and we had a swimming hole west of the bridge. Spent many days swimming and nights camping out when the world was young at that location.

BNSF Little Walnut River Bridge
Posted August 20, 2013, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan is correct. The top chord definitely has lattice instead of a cover plate. This one looks rather lightweight for a railroad bridge, which makes me suspect it might be pre-1900 or at least pre-1910.

BNSF Little Walnut River Bridge
Posted August 20, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Maybe I am pushing the limits of images taken from Outer Space, but it looks like the top chord has lattice instead of cover plate. If so, don't forget to point the camera up when you are on the bridge, that's an uncommon detail!

BNSF Little Walnut Bridge
Posted August 19, 2013, by Robert Brock (k0pvw [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I will get up there maybe this weekend and get photos. Very difficult to get to as it is about a 1/3-1/2 mile North of the closest road. I will have to wait until I see a Southbound train come through as it will take over an hour before another train will pass due to no long sidings the whole 30 mile distance of this Sub line.

BNSF Little Walnut Bridge
Posted June 7, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I discovered this bridge thanks to Google Earth. It is definitely a through truss, and probably of either the Pratt or Warren configuration.