Dylan VanAntwerp

About Me 

Email: dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com

Recent Updates 

CGW - Cedar River Bridge (Otranto, New) (Mitchell County, Iowa)
Lost Deck Plate Girder bridge over Cedar River on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
August 4, 2018: Added
CGW/MILW Spring Valley Overpass (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
August 4, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info
CGW - Deer Creek Bridge (Worth County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Deer Creek on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
August 3, 2018: New photos
CKRY - Turkey Creek Trestle (Barber County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Turkey Creek on abandoned railroad (former Central Kansas Railway, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
CKRY - Medicine Lodge River Trestle (Kiowa County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Medicine Lodge River on abandoned railroad (former Central Kansas Railway, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
CKRY - Mule Creek Trestle #2 (Comanche County, Kansas)
Abandoned bridge over tributary of Mule Creek on abandoned railroad (former Central Kansas Railway, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
CKRY - Mule Creek Trestle (Comanche County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Mule Creek on abandoned railroad (former Central Kansas Railway, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
CKRY - Calvary Creek Trestle (Comanche County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Calvary Creek on abandoned railroad (former Central Kansas Railway, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
CKRY - Kiowa Creek Trestle (Comanche County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Kiowa Creek on abandoned railroad (former Central Kansas Railway, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
SPT - Bluff Creek Trestle (Comanche County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Bluff Creek on Shortgrass Prairie Trail (former CKRY, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
SPT - Ashland Trestle (Clark County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Bear Creek (East Branch) on Shortgrass Prairie Trail (former CKRY, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
SPT - Little Sandy Creek Trestle (Clark County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Little Sandy Creek on Shortgrass Prairie Trail (former CKRY, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
SPT - Keiger Creek Trestle (Clark County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Keiger Creek on Shortgrass Prairie Trail (former CKRY, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
SPT - Big Sandy Creek Trestle (Clark County, Kansas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Big Sandy Creek on Shortgrass Prairie Trail (former CKRY, ex-ATSF)
April 18, 2018: Added
SKOL - Arkansas River Bridge (Oxford) (Sumner County, Kansas)
Pratt through truss bridge over Arkansas River on former SKOL Railroad, ex-ATSF
April 16, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
RI - Beaver River Trestle (Texas County, Oklahoma)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Beaver River on abandoned railroad (former RI)
April 11, 2018: Added
RI - Hannas Draw Trestle (Hansford County, Texas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over branch of Hannas Draw on abandoned railroad (former RI)
April 11, 2018: Added
RI - Cator Trestle (Hansford County, Texas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over unnamed draw on abandoned railroad (former RI)
April 11, 2018: Added
RI - Canadian River Trestle (Hutchinson County, Texas)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Canadian River on former Rock Island Railroad
April 11, 2018: Added
RI - South Pablo Duro Creek Trestle (Hutchinson County, Texas)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over South Pablo Duro Creek on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
April 11, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
RI - Roberts Lake Outlet Trestle (Hutchinson County, Texas)
Riveted Deck Truss bridge over Roberts Lake Outlet/Unnamed Stream on Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
April 11, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
CGW - East Branch Buffalo Creek Bridge (Buchanan County, Iowa)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over East Branch Buffalo Creek on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
April 4, 2018: Added
CGW - Wapsipinicon River Trestle (Readlyn) (Bremer County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Wapsipinicon River on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
April 4, 2018: Added
CGW - Wapsipinicon River Bridge (Tripoli) (Bremer County, Iowa)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Wapsipinicon River on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
April 4, 2018: Added
CGW - Maquoketa River Bridge (Delaware County, Iowa)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Maquoketa River on former Chicago Great Western, later Chicago & North Western Railway
April 2, 2018: Added
CGW/MILW - Dexter Crossing (Mower County, Minnesota)
Lost Bridge over former Milwaukee Road on former Chicago Great Western, later CNW RR
April 2, 2018: Added
MILW - North English River Bridge (Iowa County, Iowa)
Lost girder bridge over North English River on former Milwaukee Road
March 31, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
MILW - South English River Bridge (Keokuk County, Iowa)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over South English River on former Milwaukee Road
March 31, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
CRandIC - Iowa River Bridge (Near Amana) (Iowa County, Iowa)
Warren pony truss bridge over Iowa River on Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway
March 31, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added dimensions
MILW - North Skunk River Bridge (Keokuk County, Iowa)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over North Skunk River on former Milwaukee Road
March 31, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
MILW - South Skunk River Bridge (Keokuk County, Iowa)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over South Skunk River on former Milwaukee Road
March 31, 2018: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added design type and dimensions
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Simler) (Adair County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Youngstown, South) (Adair County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Youngstown, Middle) (Adair County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Youngstown, North) (Adair County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Novinger) (Adair County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chartion River Bridge (Reinhart) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Worthington) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 30, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Livonia) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 29, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Rebels Cove, South) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 29, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Rebels Cove, Middle) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 29, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (Rebels Cove, North) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 29, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (State Line, South) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 29, 2018: Added
CBQ - Chariton River Bridge (State Line, North) (Schuyler County, Missouri)
Lost Bridge over Chariton River on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
March 29, 2018: Added
MILW - Big Sioux River Bridge (Canton) (Lyon County, Iowa)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Big Sioux River on former Milwaukee Road
March 27, 2018: Added
RI - Deer Creek Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Deer Creek on former Rock Island Railroad
March 26, 2018: New Street View added
RI - Deer Creek Bridge (Brookings County, South Dakota)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Deer Creek on former Rock Island Railroad
March 26, 2018: Added
RI - Rock River Bridge (Rock County, Minnesota)
Lost TPG Bridge over Rock River on former Rock Island Railroad
March 26, 2018: Added
RI - Elk Creek Bridge (Rock County, Minnesota)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Elk Creek on former Rock Island Railroad
March 26, 2018: Added
RI - Kanaranzi Creek Bridge (Rock County, Minnesota)
Lost TPG Bridge over Kanaranzi Creek on former Rock Island Railroad
March 26, 2018: New Street View added

Recent Comments 

Posted April 18, 2018

Actually, it's Dylan and I am not the one who took the construction photos, but thanks for your response!

Posted April 17, 2018

What is the correct terminology for the precast concrete structure that replaced the west approach trestle on this bridge? I have seen these referred to as concrete box girders. Is this the correct designation? What is the difference between these and a concrete slab bridge or a concrete stringer?

Posted April 16, 2018

The bridge was lost somewhere between 2008-2010, as historic aerials has aerial imagery of the bridge still intact that is dated to 2008. The bridge is gone in the 2010 image. It definitely looks to have been a flood victim, judging by how badly one of the main piers was pushed over. This line seems to have been sold off to the present day SKOL Railroad quite a long time ago. A 1986 ATSF Middle Division Track Chart (KS & OK) does not list this line under ATSF ownership.

Posted March 26, 2018

Took a best guess on design

Posted March 15, 2018

I had to edit the bridge's info. The Wabash builder's plan is slightly misleading. It lists the bridge as 8 panels/118ft, but whoever drafted it neglected to add in the half panels at either end of the bridge into the total length. The main span is actually right around 150ft long.

Posted February 26, 2018

Thanks Luke!

Posted December 23, 2017

There is a distinct possibility that the shorter of the two truss spans in this bridge is actually the former main span from the Rock Island's original crossing site of the Chariton River, located a few miles to the north. A rough estimate of the old main span's length using the Google Earth ruler tool is approximately 120ft, nearly identical to the estimated length of the short truss on this bridge. This would help to explain the unusual design of the new bridge, with mismatched DPG and Warren through truss spans of varying lengths and designs. The design of the truss span in question is also similar to other simple warren through trusses the Rock Island erected in great numbers in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Posted September 14, 2017

Good work John, very unique bridge.

Posted December 29, 2016

I thought this was a huge timber trestle from aerial views, possibly the largest stand alone timber bridge in the state. However, it is actually a three span DPG bridge with a large timber trestle approach to the west. The west approach has had a large section in the middle torched pretty bad. There is an improvised walkway over the burnt area, but it looked so rickety I didn't even try walking over it.

I honestly don't know for sure how to list this bridge. It definitely has not been converted for trail usage. Google maps lists it as being on the Rolling Prairie Trail, but I am not even sure it that is correct. Listing the bridge as a Rolling Prairie Trail bridge might be speculative at best.

Posted December 27, 2016

Technically, this bridge may not be a part of the Rolling Prairie Trail, since it doesn't seem to have been converted to trail usage before it was burned. However, it was definitely intended to become a part of the trail in the future, as it and the section of former railroad ROW it belonged on were purchased for that express purpose.

Information as to what exactly happened to this bridge is sketchy, but it is obviously severely damaged. I was not able to find any information searching Google, but a Youtuber commenting on a video about the Rolling Prairie Trail commented that it was a shame that the farmer burnt the bridge near Dumont. I was unable to find anything to corroborate this.

Posted December 21, 2016

I agree with the others. These are beautiful pictures of a large and impressive structure. Nice job Gary!

Posted December 17, 2016

I have to share a funny story about this bridge. Back in my younger and dumber years, I used to own a 1984 Dodge Power Ram 4x4, and I loved to go find old dirt roads to play around on. This would have been around eight years ago.

One day in my travels, I headed out to see the old dirt road this bridge is on. I remembered it from my childhood, as it was a shortcut my parents took sometimes when the road was dry. I remembered the winding dirt road dropping down a steep hill and then going over this truss bridge, so I went back out that way with the big Dodge to see it again.

I came into the area from the north, only to find road closed signs where the old dirt road started south off from the main gravel road. Since the road wasn't barricaded, I drove south to the bridge. At the bridge itself, there were signs saying that the bridge was out, but again, no barricades.

I wanted to drive over the old bridge, but the weight limit gave me pause. It was posted for around 3 tons, the same weight as my truck. The fact that the old truss was closed made me wonder just how sturdy it was. Would it still carry that kind of weight?

Finally, I had the bright idea that if I drove across really, really fast, everything should be fine. So, I backed up to give myself plenty of room, buried the gas pedal, opened up the 4-barrel Holley carburetor wide open, and let the 318 under the hood roar. I was easily doing 60mph by the time I got to the bridge.

Unfortunately, I had made one small miscalculation. The bridge actually sat a good foot or two higher than the road, and just before the bridge the road ramped up very hard to gain level with the deck. I hit the foot of the bridge hard and took flight just like Evil Knievel doing a motorcycle jump.

It would have been the perfect scene for a Dukes of Hazzard episode, as a big tan and black Dodge 4x4 went flying through the air, somehow staying straight between the guard rails, and landing hard on the deck in the middle of the bridge. All that was missing was the Dixie Horn.

My fears about the bridge were unfounded. The old truss took it like a champ and didn't even wince. I drove over it many more times in the coming days as I four-wheeled up and down the old dirt road, but my muddin' days came to a screeching halt soon enough. The new owner of the bridge didn't take too kindly to vehicular trespassing, and the road was soon gated off and the bridge barricaded.

A few years later, the big Dodge blew a wheel bearing and destroyed its front end. It went to live in a retirement home in the woods somewhere in rural southeast Iowa, never to threaten another bridge again. Trusses everywhere rejoiced!

Posted December 15, 2016

And here I was all stoked that I have the week between Christmas and New Years off, planning to go photograph a major bridge in western Iowa nobody has touched yet. Way to ruin a guy's vacation lol.

Posted December 10, 2016

Luke, I realize it has been a little while since you added this bridge, but do you remember where you found the info about it that led you to add it? I corrected the location. You had on it on the 1946 alignment out of Floris, but the Rock Island didn't have any arches on the new line. They were all concrete culverts on the smaller crossings. The older ROW crosses to Morgan Branch to the southwest, and there is still something over the creek, presumably this arch. This is very close to where I used to live, so if I can get down there one of these days, I will go check it out.

Posted December 2, 2016

I've seen several heavy, subdivided Warren trusses that the Rock Island has built, but this bridge takes the cake. It looks like it was meant to hold up a couple of UP Big Boy locomotives in the middle of an earthquake! Wow!