Thanks, John. I haven't had much chance to bridgehunt in that region. This design is almost non existent in Kansas, save for this example.
There are several examples of this type of bridge further north. The Chicago & North Western and Rock Island both loved this design.
Thanks, Nathan. I was very surprised when I first saw photographs of this bridge because I immediately thought of the New York example. I didn't recall seeing others like it, which made me think either a relocation job or a railroad standard design.
That link did not paste right I think you meant this one: http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ne...
Boston Bridge Works was highly regional in operation... hugely prolific in New England, almost unheard-of elsewhere. At least considering surviving bridges.
Railroad bridges are, unlike highway bridges of the 19th Century, typically the design of the railroad, not of the builder. At least that's my experience.
This "platey" (fictional term) style of truss bridge that uses less "boxy" (fictional term) members seems to have been used by a number of railroads.
Compare this bridge with this one:
John? Nathan? Et.al? Thoughts?
Did a Boston Bridge Works product somehow find itself in the middle of Kansas? Was this a railroad standard design built by different companies?
I don't know the design, and I don't know the reporting marks but Google Earth seems to show a long abandoned bridge here.
We definitely have an abandoned railroad grade, we definitely have a creek, and I am pretty certain we still have a bridge.