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RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge

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Abandoned West Lyon Creek Bridge

Looking North

Photo taken by John Marvig in March 2017

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BH Photo #382406

Map 

Description 

Original bridge at this location, constructed when the Rock Island built here in 1887

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned Pony Truss bridge over West Lyon Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
Location
Dickinson County, Kansas
History
Built 1887
Railroad
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (RI; CRIP; ROCK)
Design
Double-intersection Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 58.0 ft.
Total length: 58.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.78141, -96.96213   (decimal degrees)
38°46'53" N, 96°57'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/677012/4294492 (zone/easting/northing)
Land survey
T. 15 S., R. 4 E., Sec. 2
Elevation
1210 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 67547 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Added category "Riveted"
  • March 10, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 9, 2017: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Description.
  • May 12, 2015: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted March 17, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.

RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert,

There are several examples of this type of bridge further north. The Chicago & North Western and Rock Island both loved this design.

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh51072/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/lasalle/marseilles-nabisco/

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/washington/lammscapes-railroad/

RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.

RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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.

RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge
Posted March 16, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Compare this bridge with this one:

http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ne...

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?

West Branch Lyon Creek Railroad Bridge
Posted May 12, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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.