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KCS - Calcasieu River Drawbridge


KCS - Calcasieu River Bridge

Closed between trusses

Photo taken by Douglas Butler


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BH Photo #283977



According to Appendix II North American Movable Bridge Listings of Movable Bridge Engineering by Terry L Koglin they were three railroad swing bridges in that listing crosses the Calcasieu River and years ago I had evidence about that bridge and lost it. However this bridge was used by the Kansas City Southern railroad but knowing this rail bridge was removed and no longer exist it was once in operation.


Lost Through truss bridge over the Calcasieu River on Kansas City Southern RR
Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Pratt through truss swing
2 Parker truss approaches
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.24006, -93.24686   (decimal degrees)
30°14'24" N, 93°14'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/476248/3345412 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Moss Bluff
Inventory number
BH 61024 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 1, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added truss types
  • June 1, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 31, 2018: Updated by Douglas Butler: Info image found
  • May 22, 2014: Updated by Patrick Feller: Added category "Questionable"
  • May 21, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler


KCS - Calcasieu River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

Make that, of course, "there" not "their".

KCS - Calcasieu River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

As I type this, the bridge is shown on English Bayou, not the Calcasieu River, at an old highway crossing, not an existing railroad crossing. What evidence is their for the existence and location of this bridge? Might it be the bridge already listed, on the river, just north of I-10?