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BNSF - Platte River Bridge

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Platte River Railroad Bridge

Photo by Thaddeus Roan

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BH Photo #283588

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Description 

Raised and rebuild in 1924. Information credit of CB&Q Allen Moore collection - BRHS Archives and Johnmarvigbridges.org

Facts 

Overview
Baltimore through truss bridge over Platte River on Railroad (BNSF)
Location
Cass County, Nebraska, and Sarpy County, Nebraska
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1903 and 1910, rebuilt 1924; Three spans replaced after 2019 floods
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Design
2-16' Concrete Slab (1924)
2-126' Pin Connected Pratt Through Trusses (1903)
1-126' Riveted Baltimore Through Truss (1910)
1-94' Through Girder (1924, destroyed 2019)
11-60' Deck Girders (1924, two spans destroyed 2019)
2-120' Riveted Pratt Through Trusses (1924)
2-16' Slab (1924)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 126.0 ft.
Total length: 1,436.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.05803, -95.92981   (decimal degrees)
41°03'29" N, 95°55'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/253799/4549335 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Plattsmouth
Inventory number
BH 59370 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • October 21, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 18, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 15, 2014: Photo imported by Frank Hicks
  • January 25, 2014: Added by Luke Harden

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Comments 

BNSF - Platte River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good call Luke, you’re probably right. The plaque is less “pointy” than this example seen on Frisco Bridges in Kansas, but still has a similar shape: http://bridgehunter.com/photos/40/82/408251-L.jpg

CBQ did use King extensively, so this makes sense. Unfortunately, the portals where the plaque existed were replaced in the BNSF era.

BNSF - Platte River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by Luke

Looks like a King plaque.

BNSF - Platte River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/barrigerlibrary/12468107714/in...

Would anybody recognize the plaque on the top of that span? It would be one of the 1903 Pratt spans.