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 

BNSF - Big Papillion Creek Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Big Papillion Creek Bridge on BNSF Railway
October 13, 2019: New photos
West Papio Trail - Hell Creek Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hell Creek on West Papio Trail
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - Sand Creek Bridge (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sand Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #4 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #3 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #1 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
Wahoo Creek Bridge (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over Wahoo Creek on CR J/School Street, .1 mi. west of Weston
October 13, 2019: New photos
BNSF - Salt Creek Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Salt Creek on BNSF Railway
October 13, 2019: New photos
Rock Island Trail - Garfield Street Overpass (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over Garfield Street on Rock Island Trail
October 13, 2019: New photos
BNSF - 48th Street Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 48th Street on BNSF Railway
October 13, 2019: New photos
OPPD - 3rd Street Overpass (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 3rd Street/Union Pacific Railroad on Omaha Public Power District owned rail line
October 13, 2019: New photos
OPPD - 4th Terrace Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over 4th Terrace on Omaha Public Power District owned rail line
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - 9th Street Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over 9th Street on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
OPPD - South Table Creek Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over South Table Creek on Omaha Public Power District owned rail line
October 13, 2019: New photos
Mopac Trail - Stove Creek Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over Stove Creek on Mopac Trail
October 13, 2019: New photos
Mopac Trail - Weeping Water Creek Bridge (Middle) (Cass County, Nebraska)
Concrete stringer bridge over Weeping Water Creek on Mopac Trail
October 13, 2019: New photos
MoPac - Little Nemaha River Bridge (Otoe County, Nebraska)
Lost Through truss bridge over Little Nemaha River on MoPac Railway
October 13, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added railroad information
UP - Weeping Water Creek Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Weeping Water Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - Avenue C Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Avenue C on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - Haswell Drive Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over Haswell Drive and Unnamed Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - 108th Street Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Timber stringer bridge over 108th Street on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
BNSF - Pony Creek Bridge (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Pony Creek on BNSF Railway
October 13, 2019: New photos
Abandoned N&W - Mosquito Creek Bridge (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mosquito Creek on Wabash Trace Nature Trail
October 13, 2019: New photos
UP - 35th Street Overpass (Pottawattamie County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over 35th Street on Union Pacific Railroad
October 13, 2019: New photos
C&NW Bridge #2115 (Polk County, Iowa)
Concrete culvert bridge over Unnamed Stream on High Trestle Trail
October 13, 2019: New photos
Little Blue River Bridge (Nuckolls County, Nebraska)
Lost Through Girder Bridge over Little Blue River on Great Plains Railway (Former C&NW)
October 13, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added railroad information
Little Blue River Bridge (Nuckolls County, Nebraska)
Lost Through Girder Bridge over Little Blue River on Great Plains Railway (Former C&NW)
October 13, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Railroad"
Little Blue River Bridge (Nuckolls County, Nebraska)
Lost Through Girder Bridge over Little Blue River on Great Plains Railway (Former C&NW)
October 13, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: =
Little Blue River Bridge (Nuckolls County, Nebraska)
Lost Through Girder Bridge over Little Blue River on Great Plains Railway (Former C&NW)
October 13, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added railroad info
BNSF - S. Fork Johnson Creek Bridge (Saline County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over S. Fork Johnson Creek on BNSF Railway
October 13, 2019: New Street View added
BNSF - S. Fork Johnson Creek Bridge (Saline County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over S. Fork Johnson Creek on BNSF Railway
October 13, 2019: Added
UP - Roubideau Creek Bridge (Delta County, Colorado)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Roubideau Creek on UPRR (former D&RGW)
October 13, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added design information
BNSF - Big Papillion Creek Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Big Papillion Creek Bridge on BNSF Railway
October 12, 2019: Added
West Papio Trail - Hell Creek Bridge (Douglas County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hell Creek on West Papio Trail
October 12, 2019: Added
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #4 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: Added
UP - Sand Creek Bridge (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sand Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: New Street View added
UP - Sand Creek Bridge (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Sand Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: Added
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #3 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: Added
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #2 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: Added
UP - Wahoo Creek Bridge #1 (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Wahoo Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: Added
Wahoo Creek Bridge (Saunders County, Nebraska)
Pony truss bridge over Wahoo Creek on CR J/School Street, .1 mi. west of Weston
October 12, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
BNSF - Salt Creek Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Salt Creek on BNSF Railway
October 12, 2019: New Street View added
BNSF - Salt Creek Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Salt Creek on BNSF Railway
October 12, 2019: Added
Rock Island Trail - Garfield Street Overpass (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over Garfield Street on Rock Island Trail
October 12, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected default NBI build date
BNSF - 48th Street Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 48th Street on BNSF Railway
October 12, 2019: New Street View added
BNSF - Bridge #55.54 (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over Unnamed Creek on BNSF Railway
October 12, 2019: Added
BNSF - 48th Street Bridge (Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 48th Street on BNSF Railway
October 12, 2019: Added
Mopac Trail - Stove Creek Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Steel stringer bridge over Stove Creek on Mopac Trail
October 12, 2019: Added
Mopac Trail - Weeping Water Creek Bridge (Middle) (Cass County, Nebraska)
Concrete stringer bridge over Weeping Water Creek on Mopac Trail
October 12, 2019: Added
UP - Weeping Water Creek Bridge (Cass County, Nebraska)
Deck plate girder bridge over Weeping Water Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
October 12, 2019: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted October 13, 2019

Thanks for the kind words! It helps that todays long gone finds are in an area I visited recently

Posted October 13, 2019

No problem! I'll keep adding any info I can find on your railroad entries.

Posted October 13, 2019

Melissa, I added the railroad information and some general design info.

Posted October 1, 2019

Saw a video this evening of this bridge being washed out, with at least the center spans completely lost.

http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/service-alerts/servi...

Posted October 1, 2019

Roger,

While not nearly as important today, when the St. Charles airline was built, it was a very important rail connection in Chicago. While these bridges are not overly significant on any scale, Iím glad we were able to document them for future generations, especially considering their significance to Chicago 100 years ago.

Posted September 29, 2019

Based on similar bridges (below), I would assume that this truss may have been built in the mid to late 1880s as a railroad bridge, before being moved for a pedestrian overpass south of campus; possibly as part of a double tracking project in the early 1900s.

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

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/boone/77840/

Posted September 28, 2019

Unfortunate that this bridge was removed. It appears to be a mid 1880s through truss bridge, originally designed for railroad use.

Posted September 17, 2019

Found a date of 1885 in a track profile from the 1970s. It appears that this line was not constructed until 1902, so I would suspect this bridge was originally built at another location.

Posted September 7, 2019

It appears at least the truss was replaced on this bridge at some point.

Posted August 25, 2019

George,

I looked into the bridge a little. I found a few locations that originally had 120' through trusses erected over them in the 1880s. However, none were Mill Creek or Gienega Creek.

Posted August 5, 2019

I'm not sure exactly what to make of this...a 1967 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy track profile seems to indicate that this is a railroad maintained structure, built adjacent to a grade crossing (labeled G). In addition, the structure was there in the late 1930s:

http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/client.cgi?zoom=1&x0=454760&y0=...

This would lead me to believe this is possibly a former railroad structure, and more research will be conducted. Also, I don't think I've seen a span like this where a vertical member is omitted between panels.

Posted June 8, 2019

Looking closer at this bridge, it appears that the lift span was constructed out of the original 1898 span. This seems to be an unusual modification for this time period.

Posted May 21, 2019

Found a railroad document for this bridge, which gives a build date of 1887, but does mention reconstruction. On a side note, the span appears to actually be continuous, with only one vertical member at the center and no gap in the bridge.

Posted May 19, 2019

A private research library in Chicago houses the CB&Q bridge records from approximately 1918. Finding information on this bridge is a priority for myself. I suspect this bridge is newer than 1892, judging by the unique design. The upper connections are riveted, while the lower connections are pinned. I've only ever seen a handful of bridges which are of hybrid design like this. I would estimate this bridge to have been constructed between 1900 and 1910. The missing approach plaque also appears to be a King Bridge plaque.

Posted May 19, 2019

Tim,

Are those publications digitized? What issue was it in?

Thanks,

John