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KYLE - Republican River Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Robert L Elder

BH Photo #103045

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span through truss bridge over Republican River on the Kyle Railroad, northwest of Concordia
Location
Cloud County, Kansas
Status
South truss is intact, wreckage of north truss is piled on dry land.
Railroad
- Kyle Railroad (KYLE)
Design
Two pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through trusses
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
Inventory number
BH 17600 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

6-panel truss (559)
Closed (2,442)
Cloud County, Kansas (22)
Have street view (22,551)
Kansas (2,728)
Kyle Railroad (4)
Owned by railroad (9,932)
Pin-connected (3,299)
Pratt through truss (4,622)
Pratt truss (8,066)
Republican River (22)
Through truss (12,945)
Truss (29,539)

Update Log 

  • 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 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...