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BNSF - Fishing River Bridge

Photos 

Deck view from NW corner

Photo taken by Clark Vance 20200514

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BH Photo #472149

Map 

Description 

Access is easy with well worn trails leading off the paved trail on the NE. I met several people fishing and several who seem to have come to hang out and climb on the bridge. There is a plank walkway along the lower chords that allows crossing the river. Lots of graffiti. I did not see any sign of a builder's plate and one of the people climbing the bridge helpfully crossed to the south end to report no plates there.

Facts 

Overview
Deck truss bridge over Fishing River on BNSF Railway
Location
Kearney, Clay County, Missouri
Status
Open to traffic
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Design
Deck truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.34614, -94.37057   (decimal degrees)
39°20'46" N, 94°22'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/381898/4356084 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87165 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

BNSF Railway (1,417)
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (517)
Clay County, Missouri (106)
Deck truss (1,682)
Kearney, Missouri (3)
Missouri (6,236)
Open (39,231)
Owned by railroad (11,978)
Railroad (15,096)
Truss (32,190)

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2020: New photos from Clark Vance
  • November 10, 2019: Added by John Marvig

Sources 

  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

BNSF - Fishing River Bridge
Posted May 16, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge undoubtedly replaced something older. I believe this line was the original CBQ route into Kansas City, prior to the line towards Brookfield being constructed in the 1950s.

BNSF - Fishing River Bridge
Posted May 15, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Was the line first established in 1913 or did this bridge replace an older one?

BNSF - Fishing River Bridge
Posted May 15, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nice job getting back to this one Clark! I suspected it was something special from aerial photos, and now we have confirmation. Now to figure out where this bridge could’ve originally been located..

BNSF - Fishing River Bridge
Posted November 10, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm curious about this one. Shadows from 3-2015 in Google Earth seem to indicate that its an old two span deck truss, with additional truss lines added and two helper bents per span.