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TCRY - Yakima River Bridge

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Yakima River Railroad Bridge

View from Northeast

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in August 2013

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BH Photo #272561

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Overview
Triple Intersection Warren lattice through truss bridge over Yakima River on Tri-City & Olympia Railroad
Location
Richland, Benton County, Washington
Status
Open to traffic
History
Trusses built 1899 at another location, through girders built elsewhere 1910; Relocated 1950
Builder
- Consolidated Western Steel Co. of Los Angeles, California
Railroads
- Tri-City & Olympia Railroad (TCRY)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Triple-intersection lattice through truss
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.25374, -119.25853   (decimal degrees)
46°15'13" N, 119°15'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/325920/5124719 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Richland
Inventory number
BH 59163 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build dates
  • December 23, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Corrected to Triple Intersection.
  • January 8, 2014: Added by K. A. Erickson

Comments 

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 9, 2014, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm glad to see this structure finally listed. I spotted it on a drive by last spring, but did not have the time to stop. As always nice work K.A.

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 9, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes, those were a couple of the bridges I was thinking of. I don't know which company built the lattice spans on the Pegram Truss. Edgemoor might have, but their involvement may have been limited to the center span.

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And the outer spans of this one as well...

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/cloud/pegram/

This one is credited to Edge Moor Bridge Works

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like some shared heritage is a good possibility on those two!

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

Robert Elder suggests that this bridge resembles one from mid Kansas. Comparing portal braces it may be along the lines of:

http://bridgehunter.com/ks/mcpherson/bh36247/

Valkommen Trail Smoky Hill River Bridge

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is extremely similar in design to the railroad bridges on the UP line in central Kansas. Whether it was moved from the Midwest is hard to say, but the builder is almost certainly the same.

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by K. A. Erickson

That is the thinking that the two lattice spans were relocated. From where is the mystery. The government constructed the line to service the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Perhaps another railroad had two available lattice spans to complete the crossing.

Yakima River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Very nice bridge! Am thinking the 1950 plate and date refers to when the girder spans were fabricated. The lattice spans are likely older. Maybe they relocated the lattice spans here and paired them with new girder spans?