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 

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
UP - Techny Road Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Techny Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New photos
UP - Hazel Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hazel Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Laurel Avenue Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Laurel Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Deerpath Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Deerpath Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
Robert McClory Bike Path - Deerpath Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Deerpath Road on Skokie Valley Bike Path
July 16, 2018: Added

Recent Comments 

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=...

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?

Posted September 10, 2018

According to this Northern Pacific bridge book:

http://research.nprha.org/Tacoma%20Division%20Bridge%20Book/...

The truss was built here in 1916, indicating it was likely relocated. Could it be possible that this was originally a stationary span built elsewhere in the 1880s, and moved here?

Posted September 9, 2018

According to Northern Pacific Track Charts, this bridge was built in 1927. Guessing by the trusses, this is likely a relocated structure.

Posted September 3, 2018

I've noticed that Illinois Central really liked using American Bridge Works around the late 1890s. I suspect they probably had a contract to produce numerous bridges for the IC.

Posted August 31, 2018

I would estimate this to be an early 1900s bridge. It is a lighter structure than later riveted trusses, but it still shows features of the 20th century. It is possible it was set onto older stone substructures, which could have been built in 1891.

Posted August 29, 2018

I would think this one would date to the 1890s, but the riveted connection implies 20th century. A mystery for sure. Sure a nice bridge!

Posted August 25, 2018

Royce,

You're right that throwing logs over a ditch doesn't make it a tunnel. But digging a 30 foot deep trench, and putting a concrete encasement over it does make it a cut and cover tunnel. The point is, while it may not be a traditional bored tunnel, it is still considered to be a tunnel.

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/tunnel/pubs/nhi09010/tunnel_...

While the FHWA has no accepted definition of a tunnel, according to the provided link, cut and cover is a tunnel construction technique. The FHWA (Federal Highway Administration, a government administration) seems to accept cut and cover style construction as tunnels. This document is very informational. Titled "Technical manual for design and construction of road tunnels-civil elements" and written by four professional civil engineers, I would believe that these people know what they are talking about. As a civil engineering student, I also believe that this would be acceptable to consider a tunnel.

While the definition is subjective, listing the structure as a cut and cover tunnel would be a good compromise, as this design name sets it apart from a more standard bored tunnel.

Posted August 19, 2018

To me, it appears that the existing bridge was added onto an older deck truss that used the double track piers. The old deck truss probably was 30 years or so older than the current truss, and was probably removed when the double track was no longer necessary.

Posted August 18, 2018

Thomas,

Do you know the history of the structure? It seems like such a unique situation

Posted August 17, 2018