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KCS - 63rd Street Trestle

Photos 

Looking East

Photo taken by Joshua Collins in March 2010

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BH Photo #157282

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Description 

Built in 1928 to connect KCS from Leeds Junction to Grandview, The 63rd Street bridge is one of KCS longest bridges in the area. At about 120 feet high above the ground there is, a slight grade to the from 873 feet (south end) to 853 feet (north end).

Facts 

Overview
Steel trestle over E. 63rd Street Trafficway on Kansas City Southern Railway
Location
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Status
Open to railroad traffic above and four lanes of traffic below
History
Built 1928
Railroad
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
Design
Steel deck plate girder trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 875.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
E. 63rd Street Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.01539, -94.51575   (decimal degrees)
39°00'55" N, 94°30'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/368774/4319576 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kansas City
Land survey
48N-33W-1
Elevation
850 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 44342 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2020: New photos from Clark Vance
  • October 12, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 28, 2014: Updated by Kelly McClanahan: Updated data
  • January 5, 2014: New photos from Luke Harden
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Railroad"
  • November 15, 2010: New photos from Nathan Morton
  • March 6, 2010: New photo from Joshua Collins
  • March 6, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Kelly McClanahan
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com

Comments 

KCS - 63rd Street Trestle
Posted August 26, 2020, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

One piece is up and one staged below. Next time I pass I'll see if there's someone who knows. Just a clean-up guy on an excavator when I visited yesterday.

KCS - 63rd Street Trestle
Posted August 26, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Clark,

Do you know how much of this bridge is being replaced?

KCS - 63rd Street Trestle
Posted August 11, 2020, by Garrett Corliss (garrettc3985 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

KCS appears to be replacing sections of the trestle. Photo's taken today by a friend.

KCS 63rd Street Trestle
Posted January 6, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

When younger I wondered why this bridge is so plain compared to the KCS concrete arches built over Wildcat Hollow, Gregory, and of course US 50 (now Blue Parkway). The 1931 county road map gives the answer. There was no road passing under this bridge when it was built. Swope Parkway was the eastern end of 63rd St when this bridge went up over an essentially empty valley.

63rd Street Trestle
Posted January 4, 2014, by Keiv (keiv [at] keivspare [dot] com)

Here are some more photos I took on January 4, 2013.

63rd Street Trestle
Posted June 29, 2011, by Remick Bloss (madirea [at] cox [dot] net)

Awesome!!! There are 3 more KCS bridges in the KC/Grandview area that you could photograph: 1) the concrete overpass just to the west of E. Stadium Rd, 2) the concrete/steel deck girder bridge that crosses over I-435 outside of Grandview, and 3) the steel thru-plate girder bridge in Grandview that crosses a street and rr tracks. This one used to be silver/brown or black; now, it has been repainted. I am not sure whether the western-most span crosses a side access road or rr tracks. It is difficult to see due to foliage.