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BNSF - Joplin Branch Spring River Bridge

Photos 

Beside the east approach

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in December 2009

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BH Photo #150670

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Spring River on BNSF Railway
Location
Cherokee County, Kansas
Status
Now a branch line of the BNSF, still in use
History
Built 1897
Builder
- A & P Roberts Co. of Pencoyd, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT; Katy)
Design
Pratt through truss with plate girder and wooden trestle approaches.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 340.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.09725, -94.67969   (decimal degrees)
37°05'50" N, 94°40'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/350732/4106981 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Baxter Springs
Inventory number
BH 43697 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 10, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Added USGS Quadrant
  • January 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates.
  • December 15, 2009: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • December 3, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Updated multiple categories to incorporate Mr. Boehne's Info.

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • David Backlin - us71 [at] cox [dot] net
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

BNSF-Joplin Branch Spring River Bridge
Posted February 4, 2010, by Dusty

Nice pic. This bridge is just east of the station called Military on the Katy Railroad Timetable which essentially is the spur into the Jayhawk or former Spencer Chemical plant. This line was the Katy's Joplin Subdivision which ran from Labette Kansas to Joplin Union Depot Yard in North Joplin.

BNSF-Joplin Branch Spring River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2009, by Robert Elder (Robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good to see a picture. It looks like there is a small plaque on the nearest endpost.

BNSF Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Anonymous

I was thinking of the wrong bridge. The Shawnee Creek bridge near this Spring River bridge was (is) a wood trestle. The last time I was there, a couple new RCB spans had been added, not long after we'd had a pretty good flood along Spring River. I don't remember the bridge well enough to guess whether the new spans replaced part of the trestle or if they were added to it.

The plate-girder bridge I mentioned the first time is on the same line as the pony-truss Spring River bridge, the Pierce City-Columbus-Wichita line.

BNSF Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Anonymous

The Shawnee Creek bridge is a pair of deck plate girders with a wood-trestle approach. When I was there several years ago, rock and broken concrete had been piled up along the trestle, almost as high as the stringers in some places.

This is the same line that continues through Oswego, Fredonia, and on to Wichita. Watco's operating part of the line west of Columbus, I think up to Fredonia. From Fredonia to Wichita has been pulled up.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks for the update. The same RR line has a bridge over Shawnee Creek a short distance to the northwest. I will add that bridge if the type is known.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Mike Boehne (mikebon088 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This was a MKT branch from Columbus to Galena, KS, now used by BNSF to reach Joplin, MO. Last time I was there, it had a Pratt through truss span with wood trestle on one side (I think the east) and a newer through-plate-girder on the other side that replaced another wood trestle, probably due to flood damage. Was in use then and think it still is.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Spring River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have not seen this bridge, but Terraserver and Google Earth both indicate that there is a through truss bridge at this location.