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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

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Through Girder Bridge over Vermillion River on BNSF Railway
Location
Clay County, South Dakota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914
Builder
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
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)
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?