BN - Winona Bridge
The Winona Bridge Railway was incorporated with its stock owned 2/3 by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ) and 1/3 by the Green Bay and Western Railroad (GB&W). It was a short line whose purpose was to build a second rail bridge at Winona. Its total trackage was slightly over one mile, consisting of the bridge and the approach lines to interconnect at each end. The CBQ and GB&W, and thereby the WBR, eventually became merged into the Burlington Northern Railway.
By the 1970s, trains had generally become too heavy for the bridge, and it was abandoned by the then Burlington Northern. A wooden approach trestle burned in 1989, and the entire bridge was removed in 1990.
The Winona Bridge Railway still exists on paper, 100% owned by BNSF. A few trains were operated by BN labeled WBR in the 1980s, as a bypass of work rules.
- Lost through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Winona Bridge Railway (later BN RR)
- Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, and Buffalo County, Wisconsin
- Built in 1891 by Winona Bridge Railway Co; burned in a fire in 1989; later removed in 1990
- - George S. Morison of New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
- - Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
- Green Bay & Western Railroad (GB&W)
- Winona Bridge Railway (WBR)
- Swing Span: Howe through truss
Approach Spans: Parker through truss (3 spans)
All are pin-connected
Timber trestle east approach span
Length of largest span: 270.0 ft.
Total length: 1,700.0 ft.
- Also called
- WBR - Winona Bridge
GBW - Winona Bridge
CBQ - Winona Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.04554, -91.60399 (decimal degrees)
44°02'44" N, 91°36'14" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/611838/4877877 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Winona East
- Inventory number
- BH 46139 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 25, 2021: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add description to cllarify ownership(s)
- November 11, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
- October 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: GPS fix
- May 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Navigable waterway"
- August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
- September 12, 2010: Added by Jason Smith
- Dana and Kay Klein
- Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
- HAER MN-8 - Winona Bridge, Spanning Mississippi River, Winona, Winona County, MN
- Winona Bridge Railway - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms - Trains magazine offers railroad news, railroad industry insight, commentary on today's freight railroads, passenger service (Amtrak), locomotive technology, railroad preservation and history, railfan opportunities (tourist railroads, fan trips),
- Douglas Butler
- The River Spanned - June 24, 1891 - Article
- Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com