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BNSF - Walnut River Bridge (S)


SE View

Photo taken by Robert


BH Photo #169493


Street Views 


Pratt Through truss bridge over Walnut River on BNSF Railway
Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1904, Parallel Span added 1919, Approaches Rebuilt 1922; 1919 Span Removed 19xx
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 365.0 ft.
Also called
Winfield Rail Bridge #1
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.22394, -96.99644   (decimal degrees)
37°13'26" N, 96°59'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/677754/4121595 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36262 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 1, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 1, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 9, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • July 10, 2010: New photos from Robert
  • March 9, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Design, added Street View link
  • July 14, 2009: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited City.
  • February 12, 2008: Added by Robert Elder



BNSF - Walnut River Bridge (S)
Posted September 3, 2019, by Rodney O'Neil (rodneyoneil [at] ymail [dot] com)

I painted Lionel on this bridge when I was about seventeen. I think it was in 1968 as I was a freshman at Southwestern College. There are rungs leading to the spot I chose. I climbed up there three times (It's a long way above the river) First to measure where I planned to put the lettering. A friend helped me make stencils out of cardboard so I could spray paint the letters. The second night was windy and I wasn't satisfied with the results. So I went back up to paint over the first attempt and redo the job. About a month later It made the front page of the Winfield Daily Courier. You could see Lionel on it for years. I still think of those trips up that bridge every time I drive past it.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted August 25, 2011, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just to avoid any possible confusion, these photographs were taken by another Robert. I have never photographed this bridge.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted June 6, 2010, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

THAT'S a photo I'd like to see! I abhor spray-painted work by local artisans, but painting "LIONEL" on a railroad bridge at least shows a bit of imagination. Painting "I [heart] Jesicca" (yes, with the girl's name spelled incorrectly) or even worse nonsense, shows a complete lack of originality.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted June 5, 2010, by David Peacock (dp1505e11 [at] juno [dot] com)

Back in the early 60s, someone climbed up on top of the RR bridge and painted 'LIONEL' on it. The highway bridge used to be known as the Lagondan bridge. Not a clue as to why. Our high school yearbook was also know as the Lagondan until 1970. Again no one remembers why.

Walnut River Bridge
Posted February 12, 2008, by Robert L. Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is located immediately west of the US 77 Walnut River Bridge in Winfield, Kansas.