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DRGW - Animas River Bridge

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned parker through truss bridge over Animas River on an old road or railroad
Location
San Juan County, New Mexico
Status
Abandoned
History
Built ca. 1905
Railroad
- Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW)
Design
Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.96821, -107.87517   (decimal degrees)
36°58'06" N, 107°52'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/244041/4095209 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cedar Hill
Inventory number
BH 50243 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added RR info
  • August 7, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • March 31, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad", "Animas River"
  • November 17, 2011: Added by James McCray

Sources 

Comments 

Abandoned Animas River Bridge
Posted March 31, 2013, by Jacob (jwoods484 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Possibly on the San Juan extension of the D&RGW between Chama and Durango. The train passed over 3 or 4 bridges until, the rails were removed in 1970. 2 or 3 of the bridges were truss bridges with v braces.

Abandoned Animas River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2011, by Matt Lohry

I just added a bridge to the site that was used by the same railroad grade as this one, just a few miles north in Colorado:

http://bridgehunter.com/co/la-plata/bh50266/

It looks like this bridge is open for private use only.

Abandoned Animas River Bridge
Posted November 20, 2011, by David Backlin (us71 [at] cox [dot] net)

Going by Bing Maps http://binged.it/rLwg85 it appears the bridge has been abandoned.

Abandoned Animas River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I concur with Matt...all signs point to a railroad span that may have been retrofitted for road use.

Nice bridge!

Abandoned Animas River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2011, by Matt Lohry

James,

From the satellite view, it's possible that the bridge was converted for road use, but I'm quite certain that it was initially a rail bridge--it appears to be pin-connected with very heavy upper chords and doubled-up diagonals. The flooring system consists of two inner girders (parallel with the main trusses and joined with very large "V-lacing", essentially. The flooring configuration is not typical of a bridge initially designed for vehicular use.

Finally, the old ROW is visible in both directions and has long straight sections with very slight, gentle curves that cover long distances, like typical railroad layouts.

Abandoned Animas River Bridge
Posted November 17, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge seems to be apart of an old road (Rd 2125) but it seems to also be an old railroad bridge. Someone please help here. The approaches to the bridge seem to be taken out.