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UP - Loup River Bridge


Oblique view, facing west

This is a massive bridge over the Loup river at the west edged of Columbus.

Photo taken by Fmiser in October 2012

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)


BH Photo #241133



From the east, 8-panel Pratt truss, four 6-panel Pratt trusses, and a plate girder.


Pin connected Pratt through truss bridge over Loup River on railroad
Platte County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1908
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
5 span Pratt through truss and a plate girder approach on the west.
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 1,250.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.42508, -97.39716   (decimal degrees)
41°25'30" N, 97°23'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/633933/4587186 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
1450 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 53829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


8-panel truss (365)
Built 1908 (661)
Built during 1900s (6,789)
Girder (9,135)
Nebraska (1,593)
Open (38,203)
Owned by railroad (11,099)
Pin-connected (3,693)
Plate girder (6,947)
Platte County, Nebraska (23)
Pratt through truss (4,998)
Pratt truss (8,732)
Railroad (14,361)
Span length 175-250 feet (1,885)
Through girder (3,395)
Through truss (14,026)
Total length 1000-2500 feet (1,736)
Truss (31,215)
Union Pacific Railroad (2,161)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited bridge
  • October 6, 2012: Updated by Fmiser: Added categories "Pin-connected", "8-panel truss", "Railroad"


  • Fmiser - fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


UP Loup River Bridge
Posted October 7, 2012, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

You can also track railroads by using the detailed maps posted here. Go to the page for the particular county and then click "Detail map." The railroad labels shown on these maps are fairly current (well, as of 2005 anyway).

Loup River Columbus Railroad bridge
Posted October 6, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm crushed, Luke! Just kidding. I was about a minute late to get a photo of a diesel electric crossing it. But a steam engine is ever better. My photos can be secondary. *smiles*

UP Loup River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Libremap.org has topo maps for a lot of the country free to download. They usually have a railroad name from the time the map was made, usually within the last 30 years.

UP Loup River Bridge
Posted October 6, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

It's Union Pacific. I usually just Google the city name and railroad to try and see if anyone has railfanned there. Or if the state DOT has railroad routemaps.

I sure hope you don't mind that I've set an image of a UP steamer crossing it as the default.

You are also correct on the date cutouts in the portal being construction dates.

Loup River Columbus Railroad bridge
Posted October 6, 2012, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found this bridge looking at satellite images. I managed to get pretty close by driving to the end of Deer River Rd on the south side of the tracks.

This is a massive bridge - but without something to realize the scale it's hard to tell. The end posts are close to 3ft wide.

This is a double track line that is very busy. I don't know what rail line this is, though. How would I figure out that information?