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KCS/UP Overpass

Photo 

Photo taken by Art Riordan, Courtesy of the dissolved Rock Island Technical Society

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BH Photo #446249

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Union Pacific Railroad & Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad on Kansas City Southern Railway
Location
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Status
Removed
History
Lost either late 2001, or early 2002
Railroads
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Interurban
- Kansas & Missouri Railway & Terminal (K&MR&T)
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- Kansas City, Kaw Valley & Western Railway (KV&W; KCKV&W)
- Kansas City-Kaw Valley Railroad (KCKV)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Double-intersection Warren through truss
Warren through truss with vertical endposts
Pony plate girder
Also called
K&MR&T/UP Overpass
KCKV/UP Overpass
KV&W/UP Overpass
KCS/RI Overpass
K&MR&T/RI Overpass
KCKV/UP Overpass
KV&W/RI Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.09785, -94.67070   (decimal degrees)
39°05'52" N, 94°40'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/355526/4328963 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shawnee
Inventory number
BH 52069 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added links to imagery
  • April 7, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • November 11, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added design info + other railroad names
  • May 9, 2014: Updated by Max : Added new railroad category
  • September 15, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected name, Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • April 16, 2012: Added by Robert Elder

Sources 

  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Flickr - Image #1
  • Flickr - Image #2

Comments 

UP - Access Road Overpass
Posted May 9, 2014, by Anonymous

Recently exploring some old topo maps and aerial imaging. First glance would appear that this was simply an access bridge, however I have found this is not the case. According to the 1951 topo map, and confirmed by actual aerial image from 1959, this bridge used to be part of the "Kansas City Kaw Valley" railroad, this bridge was the eastern terminus of this railroad.

The rail line itself ran just north of the current UP tracks along the bluff next to Kaw drive west of this bridge(back then was KS132), all the way to the present day interchange of K32-Kaw and Kansas Ave (back then a major interchange of K32 & 132), where there it crossed the road and ran north along K32-Kaw all the way thru Edwardsville, thru Lake of the forest, passing the Lone Star cement plant, and going thru Bonner Springs. West of Bonner, the line departed K32 and UP lines and ran across the prairies thru Linwood, and finally terminating just east of the UP overpass on Massachusetts St in Lawrence. The section west of Bonner was abandoned in 1958. A 1959 aerial shows a train passing the Lone star plant. The Bonner-KCK portion last appears on the 1963 topo. The only remaining portion of this line today is now a "storage" line next to Lone Star cement, and I believe is currently not even being used for anything anymore.

Today, much of the four lane expansion of K32 obliterated the grade and bridges from KCK-Bonner. In fact, K32 was realigned to this abandoned grade from west of Linwood to 174th St around 1960.

Not totally about the bridge, but I thought I bit of confirmed background history might be useful.

-Max

UP Underpass
Posted September 17, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, Luke I know that for certain. I saw the bridge from I-70 many times before it was demolished.

Bridge, Railroad
Posted September 15, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Are you sure this was a railroad-over-railroad crossing? In any case, if you look at the road names, you'll see that the railroad yard is presently UP property as the road on the north side in google maps is named "Union Pacific Service Road".

Bridge, Railroad
Posted April 16, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you Mr. Goff. I always hate to sound like a smart aleck on here, but I have come to understand that there is some real controversy about railroad names. So far, we have not had much controversy among the Kansas users. In the past, I would try to find the most recent railroad using the line and name the bridge accordingly.

Bridge, Railroad
Posted April 16, 2012, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I "Like" Mr. Elder's comment!

Bridge, Railroad
Posted April 16, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To avoid hurting anybody's feelings, I have simply called this structure "bridge, railroad". It appears to have carried a rail line over a railyard. I will let the railfans fight over the appropriate name.