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BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge

Photos 

Looking West

Photo taken by Daniel Barnes in March 2017

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BH Photo #384049

Description 

Listed as only a pile trestle in a 1960s track chart

Facts 

Overview
Through Girder Bridge over Vermillion River on BNSF Railway
Location
Clay County, South Dakota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914 at an unknown location, Relocated here Ca. 1970
Builder
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 262.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.78559, -96.96296   (decimal degrees)
42°47'08" N, 96°57'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/666614/4739017 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vermillion
Inventory number
BH 76213 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 20, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 24, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
  • March 23, 2017: New photos from Daniel Barnes
  • March 22, 2017: Added by Daniel Barnes

Sources 

  • Daniel Barnes
  • Matt Lohry
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge
Posted March 23, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Clark,

It prevents ice and debris from getting inside of the timber piers and causing damage.

BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge
Posted March 23, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

OK railfans--what is the purpose of the cribbing around the pilings? Is the assumption that debris will only be a problem when the river is higher?