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KYLE - Republican River Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103045

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Date stamp gives date of 1944, although truss appears to date to late 1890s. Kansas State Railroad master plan from 2017 gives plan to rebuild bridge in the future.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Republican River on the Kyle Railroad, northwest of Concordia
Location
Cloud County, Kansas
Status
South truss is intact, north portion of span has been rebuilt as of 8.26.2020.
History
Originally on a Missouri Pacific line
Railroads
- Kyle Railroad (KYLE)
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
Design
Two pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 152.0 ft.
Total length: 465.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.62542, -97.76460   (decimal degrees)
39°37'32" N, 97°45'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/606029/4386913 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kackley
Land survey
T. 5 S., R. 4 W., Sec. 9
Elevation
1380 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 17600 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2020: New photos from David Larson
  • January 6, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • November 6, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • June 26, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Bridge is not quite lost - one span is still standing.
  • September 16, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 25, 2015: Updated by Luke: Updated status per forum comment
  • November 27, 2010: New photos from Joe Underwood
  • March 4, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Adjusted GPS Coordinates
  • July 9, 2008: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited location in overview and updated categories.
  • October 2, 2006: Posted photo from Robert L Elder

Sources 

Comments 

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted August 26, 2020, by David Larson (dvdclrsn [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge has now been repaired and is reopened for traffic.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted July 17, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://www.republiccountykansas.com/short-line-railroad-gets...

Looks like the missing span will be rebuilt by the end of the summer

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted January 6, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one is a curious structure. A stamp from 1944 exists on one of the piers. It is likely that the entire structure was placed onto new substructures at this time. The trusses appear to be from the 1895-1905 range, and may or may not have originally been built here. At this time, I have not been successful in finding more history on this structure.

Currently there are some unofficial plans to rebuild this structure. Kansas state rail plans indicate reconstruction is a high priority. It appears this line is the sole KYLE owned connection between the southern KYLE lines and the northern KYLE main line.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an older aerial image. This is the shot thatís been on google earth for a few years now. It looks like they are doing track work, not necessarily bridge work.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Hmmmm...on 2nd glance this may still be the pre-'15 wreckage satellite imagery? Not sure why they would be repairing this ever

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted December 16, 2019, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Dont think I'm mistaken here but looks like with new satellite imagery this one has been repaired or is in the process at time of image with many trucks on location and gap on north side no longer exists from old disaster there

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Interesting. I'll have to see if I can find a date for the truss. I know the Missouri Pacific had annual reports discussing the building of large bridges.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Yeah, would doubt it. PS - concrete relacement/reinforcing pillars beneath embossed "1944"

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by John Marvig

I donít think this one will ever be rebuilt then...

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted November 6, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

Visited this weekend. Wreckage - some of it, still piled up on N side.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

That would be awesome. Thanks to Roger for doing a field check. I am glad that the collapsed span is in a pile on the south bank and not in the soup aisle at Wal-Mart.

Keep in mind that the KYLE owns a very rare and highly significant Pegram truss in Minneapolis, KS in Ottawa County:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/ottawa/minneapolis-rr/

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would be very cool to see the remaining span reused, perhaps as something like a fishing pier. It would be a very inexpensive and useful way to preserve something like this.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted June 25, 2017, by Roger Woodford (woody68 [at] nckcn [dot] com)

I went out to this bridge today. No repairs have been made. The steel structure of the north span and the rail cars have been removed from the river but are still in a pile on the river bank. South span is still intact. I know the tracks leading north from the bridge are used for a rail car "parking lot" now. Doubt it ever gets repaired or replaced!

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted May 10, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't imagine they would scrap an undamaged span, especially with the lack of major money which flows through these types of shortline railroads. It would be nice to get out here sometime soon and see if there is any remains.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted May 10, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, that would be great. I have not heard anything about this bridge since the collapse.

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted May 10, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=600800...

Looks like one of the spans may have been salvageable?

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted December 27, 2015, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Photo album of damage posted to Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/erin.n.urban/media_set?set=a.101003...

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted December 25, 2015, by Roger Woodford (rogerwoodford68 [at] gmail [dot] com)

North span of this bridge destroyed 12-22-15 by derailment or failure. 2 grain cars and bridge are in the river. Trees being cleared when I was there today. Kyle railroad says they will have it fixed in 90 days

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted May 15, 2015, by Ralph Demars

I think they're just removing the rails. Don't panic about the bridge...yet!

KYLE - Republican River Bridge
Posted May 14, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A recent Google Maps aerial image shows construction work taking place near this bridge...

Republican River Kyle Railroad Bridge
Posted July 8, 2008, by Smarkflea

That's Northwest of Concordia...