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BNSF - Lansdowne Avenue Overpass


The east face

Photo taken by Mark Dellbringge in July 2010


BH Photo #170646


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Deck plate girder bridge over Lansdowne Avenue on the BNSF Railway in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury, St. Louis County, Missouri
Open to one track of railroad traffic
Deck structure built in 1918 by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, VA. Built or relocated here ca. 1925.
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Deck plate girder with timber trestle approaches
Also called
Frisco - Lansdowne Avenue Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.59222, -90.31997   (decimal degrees)
38°35'32" N, 90°19'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/733413/4274933 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Inventory number
BH 44485 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 1, 2012: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • November 21, 2011: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Clarified description, added new photo, modified history
  • July 25, 2011: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • March 24, 2011: New photo from Mark Dellbringge
  • January 6, 2011: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • August 2, 2010: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Posted additional photos, added when deck structure was built, added builder information
  • July 26, 2010: New photo from Mark Dellbringge
  • March 18, 2010: Added by James Baughn


  • Mark Dellbringge


Lansdowne Avenue Overpass
Posted June 26, 2011, by Mark Nielsen (mark_nielsen_mci [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Bridge was damaged in a derailment on 6/25/11. From STLTODAY.COM: "Shrewsbury Police Lt. Brian Catlett said railroad officials told him that one car was off the tracks before the train left the yard. The train proceeded about three-quarters of a mile before that car struck a wooden walkway that runs beside the track over the bridge. One car derailed. By noon Sunday, the train was gone and the car had been removed. A few hours later, heavy equipment arrived to remove the damaged walkway and other debris dangling from the bridge deck. The 7200 block of Landsdowne remained closed to traffic until that work was completed about 5 p.m."

Lansdowne Avenue Overpass
Posted March 19, 2010, by Mark Dellbringge (markdellbringge [at] netzero [dot] net)

This bridge was built in 1925 and is on the BNSF Railroad. The date stamp is on one of the bridge's concrete piers.