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BNSF - Sibley Railroad Bridge


Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923


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BH Photo #354079


Street View 


Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Missouri River on BNSF Railway
Jackson County, Missouri, and Ray County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1915
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Gary Plant; Fabrication)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (Erection)
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
From north to south:
16 Plate girder approach spans
3 Pratt deck trusses
3 16-panel Pennsylvania through trusses
3 plate girder approach spans
Length of largest span: 396.0 ft.
Total length: 4,100.0 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 29.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17981, -94.17920   (decimal degrees)
39°10'47" N, 94°10'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/398148/4337393 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 50 N., R. 30 W., Sec. 2
777 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 72334 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 11, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 3, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 31, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • March 30, 2019: New photo from K L Wilhite
  • October 14, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • October 13, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 9, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 22, 2016: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • May 27, 2016: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 



Sibley Railroad Bridge
Posted April 1, 2017, by Richard Schott (stjorickster [at] gmail [dot] com)

The security cameras are in place in conjunction with kcpl as it is a vulnerable access to the power plant. I've worked at the plant many times for the union and this is the backstory from the plant manager. It's government required as it's part of power grid infrastructure. Next time I'm at the plant i will get an elevated picture of the bridge from the plant.

Sibley Railroad Bridge
Posted October 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great shot of this beauty John! I look forward to seeing the rest!

Sibley Railroad Bridge
Posted October 9, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I would like to share this picture in advance of uploading the full set. Getting to this bridge has been a goal of mine for quite some time, and getting back to it despite the "its impossible" feeling is one of my favorite accomplishments in my 8 years of doing this. This photo was taken, with permission from the property owners on the east end of the bridge.

Full set to be published in the coming days.

Sibley Railroad Bridge
Posted June 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I failed in my attempt to acquire sufficient photo-documentation of this bridge for HistoricBridges.org. Since someone already created a page for this bridge on BridgeHunter, I have posted my photos, which include a single and highly obstructed photo of the bridge from the nearby public road south of the river, and several photos showing the advanced security camera system surrounding this bridge (visible from the public road), consisting of numerous security cameras and a huge wireless transmission dish. This is not just one camera... this is an advanced system similar to those found on bridges crossing international borders. Presumably a swift death by SWAT and/or Police Sniper awaits anyone who even thinks about wandering into the railroad right-of-way to take photos of this historic bridge.