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HTR - Colorado River Bridge

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Rail Road bridge fire Colorado River in Lampasas County Texas

Video posted by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Colorado River on Heart of Texas Railroad
Location
Mills County, Texas, and San Saba County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1910; Trestle approach destroyed by fire May 2013; Trestle rebuilt May 2014
Builder
- JCF Bridge & Concrete of Driftwood, Texas (2014 Trestle Rebuild)
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF)
- Gulf, Colorado, & San Saba Railway (GCSR)
- Heart of Texas Railroad (HTR)
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 204.0 ft.
Total length: 1,050.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - Colorado River Bridge
GCSR - Colorado River Bridge
GC&SF - Colorado River Bridge
Harmony Ridge Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+31.23536, -98.56296   (decimal degrees)
31°14'07" N, 98°33'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/541620/3455768 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 56320 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 29, 2015: Updated by Luke: Edited entry to show that the bridge isn't lost.
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Colorado River (Texas)", "Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway", "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway"
  • May 26, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Heart of Texas Railroad", "Gulf Colorado & San Saba Railway", "Railroad"
  • May 23, 2013: Updated by Craig Philpott: duplicate bridge listing
  • May 22, 2013: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • May 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Gulf Colorado & San Saba Railway", "Colorado River (Texas)", "Railroad"
  • May 22, 2013: Added by Craig Philpott

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Comments 

GCSR - Colorado River Bridge
Posted January 29, 2015, by Ray (raymarteljr [at] yahoo [dot] com)
GCSR Colorado River Bridge
Posted January 26, 2014, by Don Morrison
GCSR Colorado River Bridge
Posted January 25, 2014, by victor (vlbrunton [at] juno [dot] com)

What bothers me as I write now in January 2014 is:

Why no follow up posts, not just here, but other news venues, as to (1) how the bridge caught fire and (2) does the railroad plan to rebuild or abandon this line?

From the KWTX news article, not shown in the clip above, the plate girder and truss spans apparently survived the fire. At least, this is not a navigable river; we do not expect the Coast Guard to demand the demolition of the (apparently) abandoned bridge spans over the river.

GCSR Colorado River Bridge
Posted May 25, 2013, by Zachary S

That video is hard to watch, cringe a bit every time. Not very many high wooden trestles - even as approach spans - left in these parts nowadays, and it's quite sad when one succumbs to fire.

GCSR Colorado River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2013, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is a newscast with a video of the collapse:

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/hill_country/engulfed-rai...

Regards,

Art S.

San Saba Railroad Bridge
Posted May 22, 2013, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Wood railroad trestle destroyed by fire this week in Texas.

http://www.kwtx.com/news/local/headlines/Fire-Consumes-Centr...