John Marvig

About Me 

Email: marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://johnmarvigbridges.org

I am a 20 year old attending Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa; who takes quite a passion in photographing old and historic railroad bridges. I run my own website dedicated to my unique hobby.

Most of my photography is from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Dakota as well as Wisconsin; however I also have covered parts of Indiana and Nebraska, Michigan and Missouri

Recent Updates 

M&StL/MILW Overpass (Marshall County, Iowa)
Lost Girder bridge over Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway on Minneapolis & Saint Louis Railway
October 9, 2018: Added
DM&E - Cedar River Bridge (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Truss bridge over Big Cedar River on Railroad
October 9, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from nearby landowner
NYC - Mud Creek Bridge (Edwards County, Illinois)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Mud Creek on Former railroad
October 7, 2018: New Street View added
C&NW - Fox River Bridge (Old) (Kane County, Illinois)
Lost Lattice deck truss bridge over Fox River on Chicago & North Western Railway
October 1, 2018: Added
Sangamon Valley Trail - Spring Creek Bridge (Sangamon County, Illinois)
Lattice deck truss bridge over Spring Creek on Sangamon Valley Trail (Rail-Trail)
October 1, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from blueprints
Burnham Road Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway on Burnham Road
September 14, 2018: Added
Central Lakes Trail - Chippewa River Stone Arch (Douglas County, Minnesota)
Stone arch bridge over Chippewa River on Central Lakes Trail
September 1, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Updated build date per GN data
FB&CT Trail - Cartwright Tunnel (McKenzie County, North Dakota)
Tunnel on Trail
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
Iron Mountain Road Tunnel (US 16A) #3 (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Tunnel on Iron Mountain Road (US 16A)
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
Iron Mountain Road Tunnel (US 16A) #2 (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Tunnel on Iron Mountain Road (US 16A)
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
Iron Mountain Road Tunnel (US 16A) (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Tunnel on US 16A (Iron Mountain Road)
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
US 16A Tunnel (Pennington County, South Dakota)
Tunnel on US 16A
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
RI - Argyle Tunnel (Osage County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under a hill and CR 541 between Meta and Koeltztown
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
RI - Freeburg Tunnel (Osage County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under Freeburg and US 63
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
RI - Vale Tunnel (Jackson County, Missouri)
Tunnel on the Rock Island Railroad under a hill and Bannister Road between Raytown and Lees Summit in Kansas City
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
RI - Eugene Tunnel (Cole County, Missouri)
Tunnel under a hill and MO 17 on the Rock Island Railroad at Eugene
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
RI - Split Rock Tunnel (LaSalle County, Illinois)
Abandoned tunnel on Railroad (RI)
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
Badger State Trail - Stewart Tunnel (Green County, Wisconsin)
Tunnel on Badger State Trail
August 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Bore Tunnel"
UP - Oak Creek Parkway Overpass (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Stone arch bridge over Oak Creek and Oak Creek Parkway on Union Pacific Railroad in South Milwaukee
August 17, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NWHS Archives
UP - Ham's Fork River Bridge (Abandoned) (Lincoln County, Wyoming)
Timber stringer Bridge over Ham Fork River
August 15, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added design
Red Cedar State Trail - Dunnville Bottoms Bridge (Dunn County, Wisconsin)
Through truss bridge over Chippewa River on Red Cedar State Trail
August 12, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: added relocation data
NP - Skagit River Bridge (Skagit County, Washington)
Abandoned warren through truss bridge over Skagit River on Former Northern Pacific Railroad
August 4, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected build date via NP Bridge Book
NP - Shields River Bridge #2 (Park County, Montana)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Shields River on Abandoned Northern Pacific Railroad
August 4, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
Whitehorse Trail - Deer Creek Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Pratt through truss bridge over Deer Creek on Whitehorse Trail
July 28, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
Whitehorse Trail - Boulder River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Pratt through truss bridge over Boulder River on Whitehorse Trail
July 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build/relocation Date from NP Bridge Book
Whitehorse Trail - North Fork Stillaguamish River Bridge (Snohomish County, Washington)
Through truss bridge over N Fork Stillaguamish River on Whitehorse Trail
July 27, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added Build Date from NP Bridge Book
Wild Rivers Trail - Bear Creek Bridge #3 (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bear Creek on Wild Rivers Trail
July 25, 2018: Added
C&NW - Bear Creek Bridge #2 (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Lost Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Chicago & North Western Railway
July 25, 2018: Added
C&NW - Bear Creek Bridge #3 (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Chicago & North Western Railway
July 25, 2018: Added
PRR - Ronks Haupt Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Haupt through truss bridge over Amtrak (former PRR) on Private farm road
July 25, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Removed false damage report
Wild Rivers Trail - Red Cedar River Bridge (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Red Cedar River on Wild Rivers Trail
July 25, 2018: Added
C&NW - Red Cedar River Bridge (Old) (Barron County, Wisconsin)
Lost Quadrangular lattice through truss bridge over Red Cedar River on Chicago & North Western Railway
July 25, 2018: Added
CN - Mondamin Street Overpass (Grundy County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mondamin St. (Minooka Rd) on EJ&E Ry
July 18, 2018: New photos
CN - Kedzie Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Kedzie Avenue on Canadian National Railway
July 18, 2018: Added
CN - Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sanitary & Ship Canal on CNRR (original Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad)
July 18, 2018: New photos
BNSF - Canal Street Lift Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over South Branch of Chicago River on BNSF Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
CNW - Kinzie Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Warren through truss bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Union Pacific Railroad
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTM - Elston Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony plate girder bridge over Elston Avenue on Abandoned Chicago Terminal Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTM - Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Chicago Terminal Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
Bloomingdale Trail - Leavitt Street Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Leavitt Street on Bloomingdale Trail
July 18, 2018: Added
Bloomingdale Trail - Winnebago Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Winnebago Avenue on Bloomingdale Trail
July 18, 2018: Added
Bloomingdale Trail - Milwaukee Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Through Girder bridge over N. Milwaukee Avenue on Bloomingdale Line Trail
July 18, 2018: New photos
Bloomingdale Trail - Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Western Avenue on Bloomingdale Line Park
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTA Purple Line - Hamlin Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Hamlin Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Simpson Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Simpson Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Colfax Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Colfax Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Ridge Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Ridge Avenue/Lincoln Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
UP - Lincoln Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Lincoln Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 18, 2018: Added
UP - South Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over South Western Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New Street View added
Northbrook Rail Crossing (Cook County, Illinois)
Lattice through truss bridge over Canadian Pacific Railway on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted October 15, 2018

Found the jackpot of information, the tough part is access.

This bridge is located in Illinois Central valuation section WI-2. Complete circa 1917 bridge records can be found in College Park, Maryland:

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/881535

In addition, the National Archives appears to have a complete set of bridge records for the entire IC system. These will likely provide a complete description and build date of the structure. Since this route was originally built by the Chicago, Madison & Northern, construction cost records between the 1880s and 1903 (Box 15, Folder 100/101). This source also seems to have a limited amount of IC bridge and culvert information, including contracts with Keystone Bridge Company for the Dubuque bridge:

https://mms.newberry.org/xml/xml_files/ICRR.xml#series6-subs...

In addition, there are inspection photos of Illinois Central bridges available at the University of Illinois

https://www.library.illinois.edu/ihx/archon/?p=collections/c...

Valuation maps from the same year show that four more of the 122' trusses existed (two near Dodds, one confirmed identical span near Argyle, and one near Blanchardville). This mystery is certainly possible to crack.

Posted October 15, 2018

Iíve been searching for something to conform or deny the possibility it came from Dubuque. An Illinois Central valuation map from 1918 gives the stations of these trusses, which are a pair of 122í spans. However, the spans in question were seen at the bottom of the river in the 1911 photo. Is it possible they were saved and rebuilt? Is it possible they could have been ďcut downĒ from 250í (length of the Dubuque spans) to 122í? Or are the 122í measurements from the valuation map for a replacement bridge? Preliminary research has been unsuccessful in confirming or denying it. There are however quite a few trusses that were on this branch line.

Information supplied from official railroad blueprints for various railroads certainly provides the possibility for unique situations. Iíve seen blueprints of bridges lengthened, strengthened, shortened, converted between deck and through trusses and girders, and many other unique situations. Railroad engineers were very creative, giving us a plethora of unique structures. Unfortunately, many of these ended up on branch lines which were removed and the bridges scrapped.

The portals and design would seem to match the Dubuque bridge. Some bridges used very unique designs not seen on other bridges. Could this be one, or was it a standardized design to an extent?

Iíll look into and see what records I can find for this railroad. However, it may be hard to find pre-1911 information. It really varies by company. Some Iíve had tremendous luck on (Milwaukee Road, Chicago & North Western, Santa Fe, etc). Iíve also had some railroads with zero luck (Rock Island).

Posted October 12, 2018

I've found the best strategy is to ask. I can't honestly recall ever being turned down, and more often than not the people are more than happy to talk about "their" bridge. There's a number of bridges where I've withheld pictures for a period of time, particularly to avoid ruffling the feathers of anyone who may object.

Posted October 9, 2018

Information was provided to me by the Milwaukee Road Archives, including blueprints showing the relocation and reconstruction of the five steel spans of this bridge. I have included the information provided in the entry.

Posted October 1, 2018

I've been provided blueprints for this bridge, which contain some really great construction notes. In these, the truss was mentioned to be a secondhand span from the Fox River Bridge at Geneva, Illinois.

Posted September 29, 2018

A quick google earth measure indicates this bridge is approximately 210' long, the same length as the Alton Bridge spans. Based on the fact that the owner is a construction contractor who states they work closely with the Army Corp of Engineers, the dimensional and visual evidence, I strongly believe that Alton was the original location of this span. If there are no objections, I will add the build date and historical information to this span.

Posted September 29, 2018

To me, it looks like a piece of the old Alton railroad Bridge, due to the portals.

https://bridgehunter.com/il/madison/alton-rr/

Posted September 24, 2018

This bridge is listed in a 1959 track chart as being a "secondhand" girder.

Posted September 23, 2018

This bridge bears a resemblance to a bridge in my hometown:

http://bridgehunter.com/mn/carver/mcknight-road/

The Minnesota bridge was built using girders that were rebuilt for road use. It would not surprise me if that was the case here as well.

Posted September 20, 2018

I would agree. I think we would see a rip rap bank for flow control in a permanent structure. Here, I see loose gravel.

Posted September 19, 2018

It appears that the 1956 build date was supplied by the National Bridge Inventory. Not shocking that itís wrong, a lot of dates on the NBI are.

Posted September 18, 2018

https://books.google.com/books?id=zRRHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA146&lpg=PA146&dq=rock%20island%20railroad%20second%20hand%20bridge&source=bl&ots=XuoxmnkCFL&sig=PoGZe7SL9OxSKHr8uV9MtdbQZAA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi3j_qBrv7YAhXo5IMKHQ8EA4IQ6AEIYzAJ#v=onepage&q=rock%20island%20railroad%20second%20hand%20bridge&f=false

This article provides a great insight on the relocation process, including the "splitting" method used on trusses and girders. It makes specific mention of pin connected trusses rebuilt in this manner, such as this bridge.

Posted September 18, 2018

Mike,

I agree with your theory. Railroads were very into reusing spans that still had some life left in them. In fact, this article is a very interesting read:

https://books.google.com/books?id=zRRHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA146&lpg=...

I believe I have a location where this truss could have been moved to:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/labette/bh36330/

This is also a 140' truss (the measured distance between the east abutment on this bridge and the western pier, which appears to be a former abutment). Located Labette County, the bridge was relocated there around 1953. I've found that sometimes bridge parts could be in storage for several years. I believe there is a good change that the Salt Creek Bridge could be the original location.

Posted September 14, 2018

Just stumbled upon this one. It appears the plaque in Picture #10 would indicate this was a former railroad span. The Chicago & North Western was known to reuse these Lattice Pony Trusses as overhead bridges. The outriggers were commonly added after reconstruction. Oftentimes, the original construction was done in the early to mid 1880s, and the reconstruction done between 1895 and 1915, when the mainlines were reconstructed. Some similar bridges, in original configuration is below:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/marathon/bh52315/

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh51072/

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/haakon/bh77889/

It looks like this bridge could possibly have outriggers recycled from heel bracing from a through truss. Is this possible? Certainly can see why the Chicago & North Western was known as the "Cheap & Nothing Wasted".

Posted September 14, 2018

This is a curious one. Pictures are in the links section. Bridge appeared to have two pony trusses similar to ones recycled railroad spans used:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/washington/lammscapes-railroad/

Any ideas on the main truss build date?