John Marvig

About Me 

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

I am a 19 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 and Wisconsin; however I also have covered parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana and Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri

Recent Updates 

UP Overpass (Hancock County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Abandoned Chicago & North Western Railway on Union Pacific Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
UP - Galls Creek Bridge (Hancock County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Galls Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
UP - Albia Avenue Bridge (Lucas County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over US34 on Railroad (UP)
October 20, 2017: New photos
UP - Court Avenue Bridge (Lucas County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over Court Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
UP - Armory Avenue Bridge (Lucas County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over Armory Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
RI - Albia Road Bridge (Lucas County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over Albia Road on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway
October 20, 2017: Added
UP - IA-2 Overpass (Wayne County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Iowa 2 on Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
DM&E - 160th Avenue Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over 160th Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
DM&E - 168th Avenue Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over 168th Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
DM&E - 430th Street Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over 430th Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
DM&E - Brandon Avenue Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Slab bridge over Brandon Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: Added
DM&E - Walnut Creek Bridge #2 (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Walnut Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Walnut Creek Bridge #3 (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Walnut Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Chariton River Bridge (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Chariton River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
APNC - 243rd Avenue Overpass (Appanoose County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 243rd Ave. on APNC Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
UP - Eddyville Rail Bridge (Monroe County, Iowa)
Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River & Muchakinock Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 20, 2017: New photos
BNSF - 196th Street Bridge (Monroe County, Iowa)
Steel Stringer Bridge over 196th Street on BNSF Railway
October 20, 2017: Added
BNSF - Coal Creek Bridge (S) (Monroe County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Coal Creek on BNSF Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Foster Viaduct #2 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Soap Creek on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Foster Viaduct #1 (Monroe County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Kinser Creek and 672 Avenue on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
BNSF - English Creek Bridge (Middle) (Marion County, Iowa)
Through Girder Bridge over English Crek on BNSF Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
BNSF - English Creek Bridge (East) (Marion County, Iowa)
Through Girder Bridge over English Creek on BNSF Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Boone River Bridge (Goldfield) (Wright County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Boone River on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: Added
UP - Buttermilk Creek Stone Arch Bridge (Wright County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Buttermilk Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Eagle Creek Bridge (Wright County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Eagle Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Draingage Ditch 94 Bridge (Wright County, Iowa)
Concrete Encased I-Beam bridge over Drainage Ditch 94 on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Brewers Creek Bridge (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Brewers Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Boone River Bridge (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Through truss bridge over Boone River on Union Pacific Railroad in Webster City
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - 2nd Street Overpass (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 2nd Street/IA17 on Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
CN - Oak Avenue Overpass (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Concrete Arch bridge on CN Railroad over Oak Avenue in Webster City
October 19, 2017: New photos
CN - White Fox Road Overpass (Hamilton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over White Fox Road on Canadian National Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
CP - Quentin Avenue Overpass (Scott County, Minnesota)
Steel stringer bridge over Quentin Ave on Canadian Pacific Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
CP - Lynn Avenue Overpass (Scott County, Minnesota)
Slab bridge over Lynn Ave on Canadian Pacific Railway
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Straight River Bridge #2 (Steele County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Straight River on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
DM&E - Riverside Avenue Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Pony/through girder bridge over Riverside Ave on DM&E Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
DM&E/UP Overpass (Steele County, Minnesota)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Union Pacific Railroad on DM&E RR
October 19, 2017: New photos
IANR - West Drive Overpass (Floyd County, Iowa)
Concrete stringer bridge over West Drive on Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
Rockford Brick & Tile Company Trail Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Half Through Girder bridge over Winnebago River on Unnamed Foot Trail
October 19, 2017: New photos
IANR - Shell Rock River Bridge (Rockford) (Floyd County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Shell Rock River on Iowa Northern Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Butcher Creek Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Butcher Creek & 205th Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Middle River Bridge (Warren County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Middle River on Union Pacific Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Walnut Creek Bridge #2 (Polk County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Walnut Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Pony truss bridge over Walnut Creek on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
Trestle-to-Trestle Trail - Beaver Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Beaver Creek on Trestle to Trestle Trail
October 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Fourmile Creek Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Five span deck plate girder bridge over Fourmile Creek on Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Des Moines River Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
8 span Through Plate Girder bridge over Des Moines River on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - Camp Creek Tributary Bridge (Polk County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Camp Creek Tributary on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
IAIS - 80th Street Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over 80th Street on Iowa Interstate Railroad
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - IA415 Overpass (Polk County, Iowa)
Steel Stringer Bridge over IA-415 (2nd Ave) on Union Pacific Railroad (Ex DCI)
October 19, 2017: New photos
UP - Des Moines River Bridge (Hartford Avenue) (Polk County, Iowa)
3 Span Baltimore Through Truss Bridge over Des Moines River near Hartford Ave
October 19, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted October 9, 2017

Clark,

I agree that it would be nice to have a section for track charts like that. While the IC ones are the nicest and provide build dates; I have quite a collection of midwest railroad charts which other users would likely find helpful.

Asia Bridge (Florida)
Posted September 16, 2017

Looks like this could have been an older road use bridge, relocated here in 1999?

Posted September 16, 2017

Judging by the aerial imagery, that extra set of piers under the bridge has probably been there for a while. It appears to have been there in 2014 and even as far back as 2012. Not sure why those extra piers would be built, except for additional support. Weird.

Posted September 11, 2017

I suspect this bridge was made of recycled parts, especially when considering the numerous different builders.

Posted September 3, 2017

Clark,

I believe I added the date from a newspapers.com article mentioning the construction of a new bridge over the Neosho on the Emporia-Topeka line. Railroad bridge dates can be a pain to track down. It's a lot of basing it off of identical structures and when the railroads reconstructed the line.

Posted August 30, 2017

I parked at the main highway to the north to get back here. Hope that helps!

Posted August 24, 2017

Did a little abstract thinking about this bridge. Looking at the piers, it appears the current unused span (westbound) was built during the Ca. 1904 date, and the other span added in 1923 during the double tracking.

Because the trusses are standardized and were primarily built between 1901 and 1905 for the Rock Island, I suspect the second truss came from another close location over Mill Creek (or even possibly nearby Dog Creek) when that bridge was double tracked at the same time.

Thoughts?

Posted August 12, 2017

This bridge is scheduled to become a part of the Western Sky Trail, a short 18-mile long Rail-Trail between Fredonia and Chanute. The trail is still in the planning phase.

Posted August 12, 2017

This bridge, and the line from Fredonia to Augusta is scheduled to become part of the "Iron Horse Trail", which is in the planning phase.

Posted July 21, 2017

Nathan,

You'll find that is an unpopular opinion on this website. A vast majority of contributors and members of this site advocate for preservation of these historic structures.

Posted July 20, 2017

This bridge appears to have been relocated to this location

Posted July 17, 2017

Field visited this bridge this weekend. The two main truss spans have a Detroit bridge Company plaque from 1897 and covered up 1898 portal cutouts. It appears this span was relocated from Clinton, Iowa

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/bh55028/

Posted July 17, 2017

Field visited this bridge this weekend. Bridge is indeed older than the 1889 construction of this line, and matches an 1879 structure at Carpentersville, IL:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh48253/

Upon further research, these 127' trusses were likely originally constructed over the Baraboo River in Wisconsin and moved here in 1896

Posted July 12, 2017

Pieces of this structure were reportedly built in 1885 at Winona, Minnesota as part of a long bridge. They were relocated here sometime around the turn of the 20th century. There are several other bridges like this on the line.

Posted June 26, 2017

Awesome find Clark!!!