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 

BNSF Partrige River Bridge (Wadena County, Minnesota)
Deck plate girder bridge over Partrige River on BNSF Railway
March 15, 2017: New photos
UP - Mill Creek Bridge (Maple Hill) (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mill Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
Tod Ranch Road Bridge (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Mill Creek on Tod Ranch Road
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Mill Creek Bridge (Paxico) (Wabaunsee County, Kansas)
Warren Through truss bridge over Mill Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
Linear Trail - Wildcat Creek Bridge #2 (Riley County, Kansas)
Warren through truss bridge over Wildcat Creek on Linear Park Trail
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Big Blue River Bridge (Manhattan) (Pottawatomie County, Kansas)
Three-span lattice through truss bridge over Big Blue River on the Union Pacific Railroad, just east of Manhattan
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Republican River Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Two span Lattice through truss bridge over Republican River on Union Pacific Railroad in Junction City and Fort Riley
March 10, 2017: New photos
Old Katy Bridge (Geary County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Lyon Creek on Otter Creek Road, just southeast of Wreford
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Chapman Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Lattice through truss bridge over Chapman Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
ASV - Smoky Hill River Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Lattice through truss bridge over Smoky Hill River on Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad in Enterprise
March 10, 2017: New photos
RI - West Lyon Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Abandoned Pony Truss bridge over West Lyon Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Branch Lime Creek Bridge (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Branch of Lime Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Vane Road Tunnel (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Concrete Slab Bridge over Vane Road on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - K-4 Overpass (Dickinson County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over K-4 Highway and Lime Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
Future Flint Hills Nature Trail - US56 Overpass (Morris County, Kansas)
Deck Girder bridge over former alignment of US 56 on Future Flint Hills Nature Trail
March 10, 2017: New photos
SKOL - Mill Dam Road Overpass (Wilson County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mill Dam Road on South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
SKOL - Fall River Bridge (Fredonia) (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Fall River on South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad in Fredonia
March 10, 2017: New photos
SKOL - Verdigris River Bridge (Neodesha) (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Verdigris River on South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 10, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
SKOL - Verdigris River Bridge (Neodesha) (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Verdigris River on South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
SKOL - Fall River Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Fall River on Abandoned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 10, 2017: New photos
UP - Fall River Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Fall River on Union Pacific Railroad
March 10, 2017: Added
SKOL - Verdigris River Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Verdigris River on Abandoned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 9, 2017: New photos
SKOL - Neosho River Bridge (Neosho County, Kansas)
Pratt Through truss bridge over Neosho River on South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 9, 2017: New photos
SKOL - Spindler Creek Bridge (Wilson County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over Spindler Creek on Abandoned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 9, 2017: Added
SKOL - Bridge #143.8 (Wilson County, Kansas)
Stone Arch Bridge over Unnamed Creek on Abandoned South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad
March 9, 2017: Added
Southwind Rail Trail - Elm Creek Bridge (Allen County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Elm Creek on Southwind Rail Trail
March 9, 2017: New photos
Prairie Spirit Rail Trail - Deer Creek Bridge (Allen County, Kansas)
Deck plate girder bridge over Deer Creek on Prairie Spirit Rail Trail
March 9, 2017: New photos
BNSF - 3rd Street Overpass (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Steel stringer bridge over 3rd Street on BNSF Railway
March 9, 2017: New photos
MKT - Marmaton River Bridge (Bourbon County, Kansas)
Parker through truss bridge over Marmaton River on Abandoned Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad
March 9, 2017: New photos
BNSF - Marais Des Cygnes River Bridge #1 (Linn County, Kansas)
Through truss bridge over Marais Des Cygnes River on BNSF Railway
March 9, 2017: New photos
KCS - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge (Bates County, Missouri)
Whipple through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Kansas City Southern Railway
March 9, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
KCS - Marais des Cygnes River Bridge (Bates County, Missouri)
Whipple through truss bridge over Marais des Cygnes River on Kansas City Southern Railway
March 9, 2017: New photos
KCS - Blue Ridge Boulevard Overpass (Jackson County, Missouri)
Deck plate girder bridge over Blue Ridge Boulevard on Kansas City Southern Railway
March 9, 2017: New photos
Harvey Island Road Bridge (Marion County, Iowa)
Four-span wrought-iron through truss bridge over the old channel of the Des Moines River on Harvey Island Road
March 8, 2017: New photos
Wabash Des Moines River Bridge (Marion County, Iowa)
Three-span through truss bridge over Des Moines River on 216th Place; south approach rebuilt 1943 with I-beam stringers
March 8, 2017: New photos
UP - Oskaloosa Rail Crossing (W) (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Through Girder Bridge over Mahaska Community Recreation Trail on Union Pacific Railroad
March 8, 2017: New photos
UP - Oskaloosa Rail Crossing (E) (Mahaska County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad on Union Pacific Railroad
March 8, 2017: New photos
IANR - Stone Arch (Benton County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over unknown stream on Iowa Northern Railroad
March 8, 2017: New photos
IANR - Oppossum Creek Bridge (Benton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Oppossum Creek on Railroad
March 8, 2017: New photos
IANR - Mud Creek Stone Arch (Benton County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Mud Creek & 59th Street Dr. on Iowa Northern Railroad
March 8, 2017: New photos
IANR - Hinkle Creek Bridge (Benton County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Hinkle Creek on Railroad
March 8, 2017: New photos
Cedar Valley Nature Trail - West Otter Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Otter Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
March 7, 2017: New photos
Cedar Valley Nature Trail - East Otter Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over East Otter Creek on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
March 7, 2017: New photos
Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Fishel Road Overpass (Linn County, Iowa)
Steel stringer bridge over Fishel Road on Cedar Valley Nature Trail
March 7, 2017: New photos
IANR - Oak Creek Bridge #3 (Linn County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Oak Creek on Iowa Northern Railroad
March 7, 2017: New photos
Hoover Trail - Unamed Stream Stone Culvert (Linn County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge over Unamed Stream on Hoover Trail
March 7, 2017: New photos
Cedar River Trail - Ely Road Overpass (Linn County, Iowa)
Stone arch bridge on the Cedar River Trail over Ely Road in Cedar Rapids
March 7, 2017: New photos
Cedar River Trail - Prairie Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Prairie Creek on Trail
March 7, 2017: New photos
Abandoned MILW - Prairie Creek Bridge (Linn County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Prairie Creek on Abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
March 7, 2017: New photos
UP - Bridge #103.77 (Benton County, Iowa)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Low land on Union Pacific Railroad
March 7, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted March 16, 2017

Robert,

There are several examples of this type of bridge further north. The Chicago & North Western and Rock Island both loved this design.

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

http://bridgehunter.com/il/lasalle/marseilles-nabisco/

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

Posted March 10, 2017

Hard to describe that instant realization that I was dealing with something special as I rounded the bend. To add some icing to the cake, the bridge is extremely to access. A road from the north is very clearly publicly maintained; and literally dead ends at the field.

Posted March 10, 2017

It could be possible that it was a standard design for the railroad, and the portals were used regardless of bridge design? I understand why you would believe it was for a pinned connection. I could see where it was a standard design...

Posted March 10, 2017

Robert,

The trusses along this line originally had the portal bracing similar to the Cloud County structure. I'm guessing it was replaced to increase the size capacity of trains on this line.

Posted March 2, 2017

Old railroad bridge?

Posted February 14, 2017

Plate says 1884 but the portal says 1901. I'm guessing this means the bridge was built in 1884 and reconstructed in 1901? Thoughts?

2017 Suggestions
Posted January 9, 2017

Long story short, I have a suggestion for an upgrade to this site. What if the webmaster created a resource section where we could share files and resources to track down bridges easier? Such items could include online books, track charts, historic photographs, blueprints/technical drawings, Google Earth maps prepared with bridges, and similar resources. This type of archive of resources could help new members get off on the right foot, as well as let veteran members have some new ways of tracking down bridges.

Just a thought,

John

Posted January 2, 2017

A petition has been started to preserve this extremely historic bridge! Give it a read and a sign!

https://www.change.org/p/otto-engineering-inc-save-the-carpe...

Posted December 14, 2016

While the built date of 1887 has been commonly held for this structure, it appears that this may not be entirely correct. The remaining truss was built in 1881 by Union Bridge Company, and moved to the current location in 1911. Note the difference between the 1887 span (now demolished) and the 1881 span in Photo #32. The 1887 plaque was later attached during the conversion.

If anyone comes across articles relating to 3+ 122' spans that were removed from somewhere along the Illinois Central system in 1911, please let me know. An additional two identical spans once existed at this location:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/woodbury/bh51960/

It would be very interesting to find where these spans came from.

Posted December 11, 2016

Nick,

Could you shoot me an email. I have some stuff you may like. Not being from around there, I am not going to be the best with directions. However, I can give you a google earth map that I use.

Posted December 11, 2016

Nick,

I have another stone arch listed east of here near the intersection of N 2050 Road and E 850 Road. In addition, I have stone arches listed just east of the railroad bridge at Eudora, and a double stone arch over Wolf Creek near Wellsville. I don't believe any are currently on bridgehunter. Happy hunting,

John

Posted December 2, 2016

Could possibly have been a span at one of the bridges at Topeka that got hit hard with flooding?

Posted November 7, 2016

Had a very nice chat with the gentleman who owns this bridge. He would like to preserve it at all costs, and does his best to maintain it currently. The world needs more bridge lovers like this!

Posted November 7, 2016

Heard from a couple of gentlemen in Good Thunder that this bridge has been reopened

Posted October 29, 2016

I love seeing these old beauties emerge from the forgotten! Nice work!