Brian Parkinson

About Me 

Email: railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com

Bridges Photographed 

(In no particular order)


MoPac - East Barretts Tunnel

Recent Updates 

Pere Marquette - Manistee River High Bridge (Manistee County, Michigan)
Lost Bridge over Manistee River on former Pere Marquette Railroad in Wellston
October 18, 2014: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Historical photos and discription added.
Pere Marquette - Manistee River High Bridge (Manistee County, Michigan)
Lost Bridge over Manistee River on former Pere Marquette Railroad in Wellston
October 18, 2014: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Bridge history updated and expanded. Elevation added.
Frisco - Gasconade River Bridge (Phelps County, Missouri)
Lost three-span through truss bridge over Gasconade River on the Frisco Railroad between Jerome and Arlington
June 23, 2014: New photo
CB&Q - "U.P. Crossing" Bridge (Cloud County, Kansas)
Three-span through truss bridge over Republican River on the former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, northeast of Concordia
April 14, 2014: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Name corrected. History/description added. Category updated.
Frisco - Black River Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over Black River on the Hunter Branch Railroad (Frisco) southwest of Williamsville
March 13, 2014: Updated by Brian Parkinson: 'Date Lost' specified
Frisco - Black River Bridge (Wayne County, Missouri)
Lost bridge over Black River on the Hunter Branch Railroad (Frisco) southwest of Williamsville
March 12, 2014: Updated by Brian Parkinson: 'Date Lost' specified
RI - Henley/Hoecker Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Through truss bridge over the Osage River on the Rock Island Railroad
November 22, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description expanded.
RI - Gasconade River Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Pratt deck truss over Gasconade River on the Rock Island Railroad between Freeburg and Belle
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Discription added. History added.
RI - Argyle Tunnel (Osage County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under a hill and CR 541 between Meta and Koeltztown
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description added.
RI - Argyle Tunnel (Osage County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under a hill and CR 541 between Meta and Koeltztown
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Name updated.
RI - Argyle Tunnel (Osage County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under a hill and CR 541 between Meta and Koeltztown
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description added.
RI - Middle Sugar Creek Bridge (Miller County, Missouri)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CRI&P RR
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description added.
RI - Old St. Thomas Road Overpass (Miller County, Missouri)
Steel stringer beam bridge over Old St. Thomas Road on CRI&P RR
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description expanded.
RI - East Sugar Creek Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar Creek on CRI&P RR
November 21, 2012: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Discription added. History Added.
MKT - Marmaton River Bridge (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Parker through truss bridge over Marmaton River on Abandoned Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
April 18, 2011: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description Created
MoPac - West Barretts Tunnel (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Tunnel under a hill in Kirkwood, MO on former Missouri Pacific Railroad
March 19, 2011: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description and other miscellaneous information added/updated
MoPac - East Barretts Tunnel (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Lost Tunnel on Missouri Pacific Railroad
March 19, 2011: Added
MoPac - West Barretts Tunnel (St. Louis County, Missouri)
Tunnel under a hill in Kirkwood, MO on former Missouri Pacific Railroad
March 19, 2011: New photo
Mopac - Glenallen Tunnel (Bollinger County, Missouri)
Abandoned railroad tunnel north of Glenallen on the Belmont Branch, Iron Mountain Railroad; Later Missouri Pacific
December 28, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Photos added; Elevation noted; Dates specified
Mopac - Glenallen Tunnel (Bollinger County, Missouri)
Abandoned railroad tunnel north of Glenallen on the Belmont Branch, Iron Mountain Railroad; Later Missouri Pacific
December 28, 2010: New photos
M&NA Charcoal Gap Tunnel (Carroll County, Arkansas)
Partially collapsed tunnel on the former Missouri and North Arkansas Railway, 7 miles northeast of Eureka Springs
December 26, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description added
M&NA Butler Creek Trestle (Carroll County, Arkansas)
Lost wooden railroad trestle over Butler Creek at Beaver
December 26, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description added, Categories updated
RI - Gasconade River Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Pratt deck truss over Gasconade River on the Rock Island Railroad between Freeburg and Belle
December 24, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description updated, Date corrected
RI - Gasconade River Bridge (Osage County, Missouri)
Pratt deck truss over Gasconade River on the Rock Island Railroad between Freeburg and Belle
December 24, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Description updated, Date corrected
RI - Briar Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Ashley Creek on Rock Island Railroad (abandoned)
December 14, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Name changed, Description updated
RI - Briar Creek Bridge (Logan County, Arkansas)
Steel stringer bridge over Branch of Ashley Creek on Rock Island Railroad (abandoned)
December 14, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: Name changed, Description updated
Gray Summit Tunnel (Franklin County, Missouri)
Tunnel underneath the town of Gray Summit on the Union Pacific Railroad
November 16, 2010: Updated by Brian Parkinson: The comment below claiming the photograph to be of the Labadie tunnel is false.

Recent Comments 

Posted April 14, 2014

Hi, everyone. Just a note about the name debate. Indeed, this bridge was neither owned nor operated by the Union Pacific Railroad at any time. It was in fact the bridge just to the south of this one, known locally as the 'Republican River Pegram Truss', which was built for the Junction City and Fort Kearney Railroad in 1893, acquired by the Union Pacific in 1899 and operated by the UPRR until the line was abandoned in 1933. Hope this helps! :)

Sources:

1. http://www.abandonedrails.com/Junction_City_and_Fort_Kearney...

2. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/svha/history/ref_com_theme/07_...

3. http://historicaerials.com/

Posted June 15, 2013

This bridge was on the ATSF (Later BNSF) Railroad route between Clovis, NM and Pecos, TX. The track south of Loving, NM, including this bridge, was abandoned in December of 2001.

Posted January 31, 2013

Work is underway to restore the East portal as of Nov. 2012

Posted November 8, 2011

I didn't have my own camera when this bridge was torn down, so I have no photos to share. Something which made this bridge unique was that it had the railroad's stylized logo cast into the concrete molding of the support beams. Passengers riding on the rails could see it as they went by. "Frisco Lines". Around 2000/2001, the bridge was nearly damaged by a derailed train car, which passed completely through before completely derailing and creating quite a wreck about a half mile to the east.

Posted June 27, 2011

Would you believe that 'back in the day' (Before 1935) Harrisonville had 4 different railroads? The St. Louis-San Francisco, Missouri Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and The Kansas City, Clinton, & Springfield. This bridge, now with its deck removed, once carried trains belonging to the MKT, as they made their way between Kansas City and St. Louis. The 'Katy' Railroad ended operations through Harrisonville in 1954, when the route between Bryson, MO and Paola, KS was abandoned. The track and bridge deck were salvaged. Today, only one rail line, the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railway, serves the town, running on the rails of the old Missouri Pacific south from Pleasant Hill, MO.

Hope this Helps!

-Brian Daniel

Posted March 19, 2011

Here is an old photograph, regional map, and street plan of the old town of Gray Summit, I've found no date, but I'll guess around 1900. The city map reveals a small spur track leaving the railroad east of the townsite, where limestone was quarried and shipped out by rail.

-Brian Daniel

Posted December 14, 2010

I visited this bridge and walked out across it in the early spring of 2009. It's quite a bother to look down from such a height, as the bridge's deck is very narrow. Also of note is that the western abutment has eroded, and the track's rails hang suspended for a short distance between the end of the Bridge and the grade's elevated fill. The bridge is on the former Rock Island Railroad's 18th Subdivision and was at Mile Post 189.7, which may have also been the bridge's official number.