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TIBR - Sabine River Bridge

Photos 

photo

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #281995

Map 

Description 

Build date comes from Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge records at Temple, TX Railroad Museum.

Facts 

Overview
Swing through truss bridge over Sabine River on Timberrock Railroad Company
Location
Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, and Newton County, Texas
Status
Open
History
Erected 1905 using a double trussed secondhand Whipple Truss span
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Fabricator of TPG, swing span, and fixed span)
- Kohmann & McMurry of Kansas City, Missouri (Substructure)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (Double Truss fabricator)
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF)
- Timber Rock Railroad (TIBR)
Design
Trestle Approach
1-215' Pratt through truss Swing Span
1-215' Double Trussed Whipple Through Truss
1-100' Through Girder
Trestle Approach
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 215.0 ft.
Total length: 2,243.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Also called
ATSF - Sabine River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.74072, -93.61902   (decimal degrees)
30°44'27" N, 93°37'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/440744/3401031 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 55134 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • November 8, 2018: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • November 7, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • October 22, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 18, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 17, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • January 5, 2013: Added by Jared Mixson

Sources 

Comments 

TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted April 7, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

John,

I did a full walk-through of this bridge despite the long walk back and crappy weather conditions. Do not yet have photos online yet. But this is a fascinating bridge and as i recall i did find details indicating the doubling of the Whipple.

TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted April 6, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Whipple span on this bridge appears to have been doubled up and possibly relocated from another location. It probably dates to the mid-1880s, and my guess is that if Missouri Valley did the 1905 work, they may also have originally fabricated it. It seems odd however that the swing span (clearly 1905 vintage) is the exact same size as the Whipple. It could be possible that they combined the spans of the previous bridge to form a single span, and only brought in one new large span.

TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted April 17, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

This is the same bridge as BH 56084, http://bridgehunter.com/tx/newton/tibr-sabine-river/