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Wabash - Market Street Overpass

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Wabash Railroad Bridge #8B

Seen circled in red. Switch leading to the bridge can be seen to the left, just past the Vandeventer/Manchester Ave. bridge over which the train is crossing.

George Drake, Sr. photograph; courtesy Wabash Railroad Historical Society

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BH Photo #308461

Map 

Description 

As can be seen in the photograph, this combination of bridge types extended north, off the Wabash mainline (the switch lead can be seen just past the Vandeventer/Manchester Ave. bridge), eventually crossing Market Street. This stretch of auxiliary track allowed the Wabash to serve a number of industries north of Market, including Pittsburg Plate Glass, Century Electric and Falstaff Brewing, among others.

According to a ca. 1954 Sanborn map, the majority of the pile trestle portion of the bridge was north of Market Street, running alongside the location of the Chase Brass & Copper Co. building.

It is presumed that Bridge #8B was removed in the late 1950's, to allow the construction of the Daniel Boone Expressway through this general area. The Wabash constructed a new bridge to access the industries north of Market; see Related Bridges link for further information on that bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost deck plate girder bridge over Market St. on Wabash Railroad (industrial spur)
Location
St. Louis, Missouri
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Railroad
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Coming north off Wabash RR main line: 107' pile trestle, 31' I-beam, 292' concrete trestle, 723' deck plate girder, 543' pile trestle
Dimensions
Total length: 1,045.3 ft.
Deck width: 13.0 ft.
Also called
Wabash Railroad Bridge #8B
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.63230, -90.24143   (decimal degrees)
38°37'56" N, 90°14'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/740121/4279584 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite City
Inventory number
BH 64145 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Beam (13,240)
Built 1928 (1,089)
Built during 1920s (9,173)
Deck girder (4,824)
Girder (8,655)
Have street view (24,139)
Lost (20,015)
Lost 1958 (54)
Lost during 1950s (425)
Missouri (6,049)
Plate girder (6,622)
Railroad (13,881)
St. Louis, Missouri (142)
Timber stringer (3,476)
Total length 1000-2500 feet (1,714)
Wabash Railroad (550)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added link to image of bridge on westernrailimages.com
  • November 18, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added by James Holzmeier

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