Dylan VanAntwerp

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Email: dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com

Recent Updates 

CN - Beaver Creek Trestle (Prairie Bridges Park) (Franklin County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Beaver Creek on former North Central Railway Authority
December 30, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "North Central Railway"
CN - Beaver Creek Trestle (Prairie Bridges Park) (Franklin County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Beaver Creek on former North Central Railway Authority
December 30, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Curved"
CN - Beaver Creek Trestle (Prairie Bridges Park) (Franklin County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Beaver Creek on former North Central Railway Authority
December 30, 2016: New photos
Rolling Prairie Trail - West Fork Cedar River Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Closed deck plate girder bridge over West Fork Cedar River on abandoned railroad (former UP, ex-CNW, nee-CGW)
December 29, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added info and build date
IANR - Shell Rock River Bridge (Clarksville) (Butler County, Iowa)
Warren through truss bridge over Shell Rock River on Iowa Northern Railroad just south of Clarksville and 0.3 miles east of IA Hwy. 188 Bridge
December 29, 2016: New photos
RI - Abbot Trestle (Hardin County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over South Beaver Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 28, 2016: Added
RI - Old Road Overpass (Hardin County, Iowa)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over former road on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 28, 2016: Added
RI - Cleves Trestle (Hardin County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over unnamed branch of South Beaver Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 28, 2016: Added
RI - Abbot Crossing Trestle (Hardin County, Iowa)
Lost Timber stringer bridge over South Beaver Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 28, 2016: Added
Rolling Prairie Trail - West Fork Cedar River Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Closed deck plate girder bridge over West Fork Cedar River on abandoned railroad (former UP, ex-CNW, nee-CGW)
December 27, 2016: Added
Rolling Prairie Trail - Shell Rock River Bridge (Butler County, Iowa)
Deck plate girder bridge over Shell Rock River on Rolling Prairie Trail
December 27, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
IARR - Old Road Overpass (Hardin County, Iowa)
Timber stringer bridge over Abandoned Road on Iowa River Rail Trail (Planned)
December 27, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
IARR - Summit Street Overpass (Marshall County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Summit Street on abandoned railroad (former IARR)
December 27, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Union Pacific Railroad", "Iowa River Rail Trail", "Iowa River Railroad"
IARR - Drainage Ditch Bridge (Marshall County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Ditch on abandoned railroad (former IARR)
December 27, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Union Pacific Railroad", "Iowa River Railroad", "Iowa River Rail Trail"
IARR - Albion River Bottoms Trestle (Marshall County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over backwater pond/intermittent tributary of Iowa River on abandoned railroad (former IARR)
December 27, 2016: Added
RI - South Beaver Creek Bridge #3 (Grundy County, Iowa)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over South Beaver Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 26, 2016: New photos
RI - South Beaver Creek Bridge #4 (Hardin County, Iowa)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over South Beaver Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 26, 2016: New photos
IARR - South Fork Trestle (Hardin County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over South Fork Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail (Planned)
December 26, 2016: New photos
Iowa River Rail Trail - Steamboat Rock Bridge (Hardin County, Iowa)
Deck Girder bridge over Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail
December 26, 2016: New photos
IARR - Iowa River Bridge (Union) (Hardin County, Iowa)
Warren Through truss bridge over Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail (Planned)
December 26, 2016: New photos
IARR - Iowa River Bridge (Albion) (Marshall County, Iowa)
Warren through truss bridge over Iowa River on Iowa River Rail Trail (Planned)
December 26, 2016: New photos
RI - Otter Creek Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Otter Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "railroad"
RI - Otter Creek Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Otter Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 15, 2016: Added
Ed Winkel Memorial Trail - Otter Creek Arch (Osceola County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Otter Creek on Ed Winkel Memorial Trail
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"
Ed Winkel Memorial Trail - Otter Creek Arch (Osceola County, Iowa)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Otter Creek on Ed Winkel Memorial Trail
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: added info
IANW - Little Ocheyedan River Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Little Ocheyedan River on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad", "Chicago & North Western Railway", "Iowa Northwestern Railroad", "railroad"
IANW - Little Ocheyedan River Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Little Ocheyedan River on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Added
IANW - West Branch Little Sioux River Arch (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Branch Little Sioux River on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: added info
IANW - Rush Lake Outlet Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned Brick Arch bridge over Rush Lake Outlet on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: added info
IANW - Dry Run Arch (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Dry Run on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: added info
IANW - Dry Run Arch (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Dry Run on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway", "Union Pacific Railroad"
IANW - Ocheyedan River Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Ocheyedan River on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: added info
IANW - Rush Lake Outlet Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned Brick Arch bridge over Rush Lake Outlet on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
IANW - West Branch Little Sioux River Arch (Dickinson County, Iowa)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over West Branch Little Sioux River on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
IANW - Ocheyedan River Bridge (Osceola County, Iowa)
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Ocheyedan River on former Iowa Northwestern Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
UP - Montgomery Creek Bridge (Clay County, Iowa)
Abandoned bridge over Montgomery Creek on abandoned Union Pacific Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
UP - Small Stream Bridge (Clay County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer over creek on abandoned Union Pacific Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Union Pacific Railroad"
UP - Small Stream Bridge (Clay County, Iowa)
Abandoned timber stringer over creek on abandoned Union Pacific Railroad
December 15, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: added info
RI - US34 Overpass (Jefferson County, Iowa)
Lost Steel stringer bridge over US 34 on former Rock Island RR
December 11, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Ballasted Deck"
RI - Spruce Avenue Overpass (Jefferson County, Iowa)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Spruce Ave./Burr Oak Creek on former Rock Island RR
December 11, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Ballasted Deck"
RI - North Chequest Creek Bridge #2 (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over North Chequest Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad", "railroad"
RI - North Chequest Creek Bridge #2 (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over North Chequest Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Added
RI - Chequest Creek Bridge #2 (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over Chequest Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "railroad", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
RI - Chequest Creek Bridge #2 (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over Chequest Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Added
RI - Chequest Creek Bridge (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over Chequest Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "railroad", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
RI - Chequest Creek Bridge (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned concrete culvert bridge over Chequest Creek on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Added
RI - Morgan Branch Bridge #3 (Old Alignment) (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned bridge over Morgan Branch on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "railroad", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
RI - Morgan Branch Bridge #3 (Old Alignment) (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned bridge over Morgan Branch on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Added
RI - Morgan Branch Bridge #2 (Old Alignment) (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned bridge over Morgan Branch on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "railroad", "Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad"
RI - Morgan Branch Bridge #2 (Old Alignment) (Davis County, Iowa)
Abandoned bridge over Morgan Branch on abandoned railroad (former RI)
December 10, 2016: Added

Recent Comments 

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!

Posted December 2, 2016

They probably replaced the timber approaches and the main stone or concrete piers with H-piles at that time, but there is no way the timbers underneath the main span were replaced then. Those have been cut down for a very, very long time, whenever the old wooden trestle over the river was replaced by a truss, possibly even the current bridge.

Posted November 29, 2016

Google Earth has imagery from 2013 when the river was really low. You can see the crumbled remnants of the piers in the bottom of the river channel. Using the ruler tool, it looks like the main through truss spans were approximately 155' long.

Posted November 26, 2016

Yeah, but what is really funny is I deleted the auto-fill and re-labeled it, yet it still popped in its own heading.

Posted November 26, 2016

I added a link to an interesting PDF file that contains an application Iowa Northern put together several years ago in attempt to attain TIGER funding for the rebuilding or replacing of bridges along its line. Every bridge that needed major repairs or needed replaced along the entire length of the railroad is listed in this application. Makes for some interesting reading. I have no idea why the website magically subbed "Historic Bridges of Iowa" for the title when I posted it. One of those mysteries of the electronic age we will never understand...

The Beaver Creek bridge is on pages 64-65 if anyone is interested.

Posted November 25, 2016

What is really ironic is that Pella Windows was one of the original backers of Iowa Interstate Railroad when it was formed. Before 1980, this line went all the way to Keokuk, but the section from Keokuk to Pella was quickly abandoned after the Rock Island shutdown.

Pella Windows seems to have been the primary reason the line wasn't abandoned further north in the first place. Whatever traffic originated from Pella seems to have quickly declined after Iowa Interstate was formed.

Even though the taxpayer was on the hook for building this bridge in 1993, by 1998 IAIS filed to abandon the line, citing lack of customers and poor track conditions. Apparently, none of the three online customers at Pella had shipped anything in at least a year, having all switched to big trucks. I read the STB document recently, but I can't find it now or I would post it.

I don't necessarily disagree with the fact that we the people had to pay for the bridge, but it seems sad at the time nobody had the foresight to realize the branch line wasn't going to last much longer. IAIS could have filed to abandon in 1993 and saved us some money.

Posted November 19, 2016

Fmiser:

Thanks for your response!

Posted November 17, 2016

Fmiser:

What do you think of these three bridges?

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/poweshiek/bh55076/

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/hardin/bh51824/

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/marshall/iowa-river-railroad/

They are a stretched version of the short span. Very unusual and interesting.