View from the south
Photo taken by Patrick Feller
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BH Photo #289084
This railroad and bridge were constructed by the Chicago Rock Island and Gulf Railroad (CRI&G) in 1903 on the line connecting Fort Worth and Dallas Texas. The CRI&G was chartered specifically to operate in Texas and was later absorbed into its parent, the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (CRI&P).
The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) is a joint service of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) with both entities co-owning the trackage and right of way. Since DART and TRE have separate routes and equipment it would be more correct to label this bridge as TRE rather than DART.
The bridge crosses Elm Fork which merges with the West Fork further downstream to form the Trinity River. Elm Fork was diverted upstream in 1930 for flood control but this channel continues to serves as a primary conduit for storm water drainage.
My recommendation is to the change the common name of this bridge to "Rock Island RR / Elm Fork Bridge" with "TRE / Old Elm Fork Bridge" as an alternate. These names would be historically and geographically correct.
Nice "Triple" Lattice!
The double collision-struts in the end panels give it a rather unique look.