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BNSF - Valley Park Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photos taken March 2006 by Jack Schmidt

Photo taken March 2006 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #107322

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Three-span through truss bridge over Meramec River on the BNSF Railway at Valley Park
Location
Valley Park, St. Louis County, Missouri
Status
Open to railroad traffic
History
Built 1923
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Design
Baltimore through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 505.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.54640, -90.49259   (decimal degrees)
38°32'47" N, 90°29'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/718516/4269422 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kirkwood
Inventory number
BH 22664 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • July 17, 2016: New photos from Lori Scholl
  • June 28, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • February 16, 2010: New photo from John Christeson
  • September 18, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • March 22, 2006: Posted photos from Jack Schmidt

Sources 

  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Lori Scholl
  • David Huffman

Comments 

Valley Park Railroad Bridge
Posted April 22, 2013, by Joe Leets (jpkava10 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

J.R., this bridge carried two bridges by the same railroad. The first being built in the 1800's then the second in 1923 when the railroad double tracked this area. The first bridge was in place with the second from 1923-1953 when the first bridge was demolished because CTC was installed. This can be clarified by seeing an about 200 ft. portion of track there between the spur and the main line.

Valley Park Railroad Bridge
Posted February 21, 2010, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

now that you mention it it really does look like that. I also think that because there is some EXTREME spurs to the north of the bridge and a abandoned track there and a old UP/MP bridge so I agree with you

Valley Park Railroad Bridge
Posted December 18, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

This is a rather interesting span. The piers appear to have carried two bridges at one time, and my bet would be the bridges were owned/built by competing railroads. Note the difference in the building materials of the piers from upriver side to the downriver side.

It is reminiscent of the bridges over the Mullet River, in Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, where competing railroads built parallel bridges on the same abutment. Both lines had differences of opinion in how to build bridges, so the abutments are built with two different materials, each according to the particular railroad's building specs.

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/sheboygan/bh42819/

Valley Park Railroad Bridge
Posted December 18, 2009, by ko (63)

i dont

Valley Park Railroad Bridge
Posted March 20, 2008, by Brian (bkoenen267 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anyone have any pictures of the old 141 bridge that used to be next to this railroad bridge (and looked just as old and rusty). I think it was torn down in the mid 80s. I was remembering it today when I saw old pictures of the 1982 flood on stltoday dot com, but there were no pictures of the bridge (or the railroad bridge).