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KCS - Glasgow Bridge



View from north

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Four-span through truss railroad bridge over the Missouri River on the Kansas City Southern Railroad
Glasgow, Howard County, Missouri, and Saline County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1900, using piers from earlier 1879 bridge
- Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A)
- Chicago, Missouri & Western Railway (CM&W; CMNW)
- Gateway Western Railroad (GWWR)
- Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railway (GMO)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
From west to east:
Three steel trestle spans
Four steel trestle spans replaced 1993 after flood damage
One pin-connected, 10-panel Pratt deck truss
Two pin-connected, 11-panel Parker through trusses
One pin-connected, 12-panel Parker through truss
One pin-connected, 11-panel Parker through truss
Two riveted, 8-panel double-intersection Warren deck trusses
Seven steel trestle spans
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.22300, -92.84972   (decimal degrees)
39°13'23" N, 92°50'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/512971/4341533 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 21656 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • February 20, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 12, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added photographs
  • August 1, 2012: New photos from James McCray
  • April 3, 2010: New photos from James Baughn
  • October 6, 2009: New photos from David B. Haun
  • May 14, 2008: New photo from David B. Haun
  • May 12, 2008: New photo from David B. Haun
  • August 6, 2005: Posted new photos


  • HABS MO-1465 - Chicago & Alton Railway Bridge
  • HAER NE-2 - (p. 36)
  • David B. Haun
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


Glasgow Railroad Bridge
Posted September 13, 2013, by Jane Ballard` (coucab [at] joplin [dot] com)

Taken Sept 10, 2013

Glasgow Railroad Bridge
Posted December 11, 2006, by Edward S. Gray (ed652gray [at] socket [dot] net)

Railroad Bridge at Glasgow, Missouri over the Missouri.

Current owner is the Kansas City Southern, which took over the Gateway Western Railway. Bridge was damaged in the flood of 1993 and repaired that fall.

Prior owners of the Bridge:

Kansas City Southern

Gateway Western

Chicago, Missouri and Western (went bankrupt)

Illinois Central Gulf (1972-?)

Gulf, Mobile and Ohio (1947-1972) Merged with Illinois Central

Chicago and Alton (to 1947) That's why the C & A is imprinted in the superstructure.

When the G.M. & O took over they rehab the line from Mexico, Missouri to Kansas City with money received from the Burlington (Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy RR) who received rights to send two frieght trains a day each way + one passenger train. For a while they used the Pioneer Zephyr consist that is now at the Museum of Science and Industry as the "Ozark State Zephyr). It had a special logo on the front that Alton Burlington instead of the normal Burlington Route.

Hope this helped. If I can locate it I have a picture of the repaired span (deck plate type )that has the name Gateway Western painted on it.

Best wishes,

Ed Gray

Mid-Missouri Railfan.