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Sibley Railroad Bridge

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First bridge

This postcard shows the first bridge, a three-span Whipple through truss

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Facts 

Overview
Three-span through truss railroad bridge over the Missouri River at Sibley
Location
Jackson County, Missouri, and Ray County, Missouri
Status
Open to railroad traffic
History
Originally built 1887-88 as a three-span Whipple through truss; later reconstructed c. 1915 with Pennsylvania through truss spans
Builder
- Octave Chanute of Paris, France
Design
From north to south:
Sixteen Plate girder approach spans
Three Pratt deck trusses
Three 16-panel Pennsylvania through trusses
Three plate girder approach spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 396.0 ft.
Total length: 4,100.0 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 29.5 ft.
Also called
BNSF Missouri River Bridge
ATSF Sibley Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.17906, -94.17956   (decimal degrees)
39°10'45" N, 94°10'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/398116/4337309 (zone/easting/northing)
USGS topographic map
Buckner
Inventory number
BH 21716 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 14, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway"
  • December 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added Octave Chanute to builder's section.
  • June 22, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated bridge type and technical info.
  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Eric Kinkhorst
  • December 9, 2009: New photos from Joshua Collins
  • September 14, 2008: Updated design

Sources 

  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Eric Kinkhorst - e [dot] kinkhorst [at] centurytel [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Railway age gazette, Volume 59, 1915 - Contains a detailed history of the bridge's construction and its engineering significance.
  • Luke Harden - lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Sibley Railroad Bridge
Posted January 20, 2008, by Bruce Bridges (railfan727 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is on BNSF Railway's ex-Santa Fe "Transcon" main line.