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C&TS - Chama River Bridge

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Photo taken by Kevin Farlow

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Denver & Rio Gran de Railroad San Juan Extension National Historic Landmark Nomination Form

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Provided by the National Park Service; Posted by Luke

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Description 

The bridge is a contributing resource to the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension National Historic Landmark.

"The two-span steel through truss bridge, which crosses the Rio Chama, is the sole example of this kind of bridge on the Cumbres & Toltec. A Pratt design, the spans were built by the New Jersey Iron & Steel Company. According to Wilson and Glover, the trusses were installed across the Rio Chama in 1924, but were used near Delta, Colorado prior to that date."

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Chama River on Railroad
Location
Chama, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built here 1924
Builder
- New Jersey Steel & Iron Co. of Trenton, New Jersey
Railroads
- Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS)
- Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW)
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 230.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.90886, -106.57514   (decimal degrees)
36°54'32" N, 106°34'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/359678/4085920 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chama
Inventory number
BH 55540 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 12, 2018: Document added by Luke
  • October 6, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 12, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

C&TS - Chama River Bridge
Posted June 12, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Seems to me that this bridge likely wasn’t originally built 1924. It looks like a late 1880s or early 1890s span to me. Without knowing much about the railroad, it appears to be possible that it was relocated to this site.