John Marvig

About Me 

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

I am a 21 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 

UP - Bridge #61.97 (Cedar County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Clear Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 9, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NW Bridge Records
UP - Bear Grass Creek Bridge (E) (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over Bear Grass Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 8, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NW Bridge Records
UP - First Trestle Creek Bridge (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over First Trestle Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 8, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NW Bridge Records
UP - Diamond Valley Creek Bridge (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Diamond Valley Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 8, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NW Bridge Records
C&NW Bridge #371 (Nicollet County, Minnesota)
Abandoned stone culvert bridge over Unamed Creek on Abandoned C&NW Railroad
January 8, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NW Bridge Records
3 Rivers Trail - Pilot Creek Bridge (Pocahontas County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Pilot Creek on Three Rivers Trail
January 7, 2019: New photos
UP - Prairie Creek Bridge (Palo Alto County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Prairie Creek (Drainage Ditch #61) on Union Pacific Railroad
January 7, 2019: New photos
3 Rivers Trail - West Fork Des Moines River Bridge (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over W. Fork Des Moines River on Three Rivers Trail
January 7, 2019: New photos
UP - Bridge #14.09 (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 7, 2019: New photos
UP - East Fork Des Moines River Bridge (SE of Livermore) (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Des Moines River on Railroad
January 7, 2019: New photos
C&NW - Bridge #2539 (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Unnamed Stream on Three Rivers Trail
January 7, 2019: New photos
3 Rivers Trail - 1st Avenue Overpass (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 1st Avenue on Three Rivers Trail
January 7, 2019: New photos
3 Rivers Trail - Boone River Bridge (Wright County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder Bridge over Boone River on Three Rivers Trail
January 7, 2019: New photos
UP - Boone River Bridge (Goldfield) (Wright County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Boone River on Union Pacific Railroad
January 7, 2019: New photos
UP - Polecat Creek Arch (Boone County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Polecat Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Prairie Creek Bridge (Palo Alto County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Prairie Creek (Drainage Ditch #61) on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: Added
UP - Bridge #14.09 (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: Added
C&NW - Bridge #2539 (Humboldt County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Unnamed Stream on Three Rivers Trail
January 6, 2019: Added
UP - Polecat Creek Arch (Boone County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Polecat Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: Added
UP - Bridge #258.57 (Carroll County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Unnamed Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Middle Raccoon River Bridge (Carroll County, Iowa)
Through Girder Bridge over Middle Raccoon River on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Mud Creek Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mud Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Mill Creek Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mill Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Bridge #304.65 (Harrison County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Tributary of Boyer River on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Mill Creek Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Mill Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Mud Creek Bridge (Harrison County, Iowa)
Pony plate girder bridge over Mud Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Willow Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Willow Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Willow Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - North Grove Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Grove Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Flasher Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Flasher Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Bridge #458.8 (Crawford County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Tributary of Boyer River on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Bridge #454.9 (Crawford County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Tributary of Boyer River on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Bridge #445.1 (Crawford County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Unnamed Stream on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Boyer River Bridge #4 (Crawford County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Boyer River on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Otter Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Otter Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Boyer River Bridge #1 (Crawford County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Boyer River on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Bridge #430.0 (Sac County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Tributary of Boyer River on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Bridge #422.8 (Sac County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Field Drainage on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Quincy Avenue Overpass (Sac County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Quincy Avenue on Railroad (CN/IC)
January 6, 2019: New photos
IC/CNW Overpass (Sac County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Railroad (CNW) on Railroad (IC)
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Wall Lake Inlet Bridge (Sac County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Wall Lake Inlet on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Xavier Avenue Bridge (Sac County, Iowa)
Concrete encased Steel stringer bridge over Xavier Avenue on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Yankee Avenue Bridge (Sac County, Iowa)
Concrete encased Steel stringer bridge over Yankee Avenue on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Fletcher Avenue Bridge (Calhoun County, Iowa)
Concrete encased Steel stringer bridge over Fletcher Avenue (County Road N33) on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Camp Creek Bridge (Calhoun County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Camp Creek on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
CN - Inwood Avenue Overpass (Calhoun County, Iowa)
Concrete Encased Beam Bridge over Inwood Avenue on Canadian National Railway
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Washington Boulevard Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Washington Boulevard on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Warren Boulevard Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Warren Boulevard on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
UP - Madison Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Madison Street on Union Pacific Railroad
January 6, 2019: New photos
BRC - Monroe Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Monroe Street on Belt Railway of Chicago
January 6, 2019: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted January 13, 2019

Noting that this bridge was built by a small interurban, it appears that the trusses on this bridge are actually older than 1905. It also seems that there are two different designs on this structure.

This bridge:

http://bridgehunter.com/mn/hennepin/luce-line-trail/

was built by a major railroad but purchased and moved by a small electric railroad. It appears a similar situation may have happened here, and further research will be conducted.

Posted January 7, 2019

Dylan was half right. It looks like a bunch of scrap spans were moved here from unknown locations. The pile piers may date from the 1970s, or the 2000s. It is possible that the bridge was originally repaired with timber piles and later rebuilt. I have to imagine that the scrap spans were from routes that the Rock Island scrapped.

Posted January 7, 2019

Found a date carving on the west abutment, which supported a short deck girder until it was replaced in the 1980s. Not sure if I believe the 1890 date for the main spans. Does anyone have any input on that?

Posted January 6, 2019

Not hard to see why these five bridges (Clark, Dearborn, State, Wabash, Michigan) will be replaced this year. The State Street bridge is probably in the worst immediately visible condition, with a massive sag in the west abutment. To counter this, temporary timber cribbing has been added under the girders, but is beginning to fail. All five bridges have advanced pier and deck deterioration, and most have had additional cribbing and bracing added.

Posted January 3, 2019

This bridge appears to be another example of a pony truss that was originally built ca. 1885 as a railroad bridge, and later reconstructed with a new floor to serve as a railroad overpass. The bridge did not show up in a 1917 inventory of railroad structures, indicating a post-1917 date.

Posted January 2, 2019

I'm not sure where the after 1942 date comes from, but it appears that this bridge was built between 1900 and 1910. It follows a standardized design of the Milwaukee Road.

Posted December 31, 2018

Not sure if this was ever Illinois Central. It appears it was originally Chicago Junction, and later New York Central, then Conrail.

Posted December 11, 2018

Perhaps this historic bridge could be disassembled and stored until later reuse?

Posted December 9, 2018

Here is a valuation sheet for this bridge. The Interstate Commerce Commission required all railroads to create sheets similar to this, primarily to document all facets of railroad operations, including all bridges/culverts. I will continue trying to find more, as they likely include all information on bridges constructed before 1918.

Posted December 3, 2018

The Northern Pacific Railroad Research Library has been updating documents. This AFE (authority for expenditure) gives the original location of these trusses.

http://www.nprha.org/NP%20AFE%20scans6/0719-17.pdf?fbclid=Iw...

Posted December 3, 2018

The 1928 date on this one is likely only for the approaches. This style of truss has been seen on other MKT lines in Missouri and dates to the late 1890s.

Posted November 27, 2018

Melissa,

Any chance at tracking down a photo of this one? One span was rebuilt and moved to Iowa, so I would love to see a photo of it at its original location.

Posted November 27, 2018

Melissa,

Here is the current bridge at this location:

https://bridgehunter.com/il/macon/bh64931/

This truss looks like a pin connected Pratt deck truss. It was built by the Wabash railroad at an unknown date and later replaced by the deck girder.

Posted November 24, 2018

Clark,

Certainly not the worst condition Iíve ever seen a structure in, but also not a good sign. A lot of structures on the KC-Roodhouse IL route were built about the same time.

Lexington, IL bridge
Posted November 24, 2018