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TRMW - Puyallup River Bridge


Puyallup River Railroad Bridge

View from East

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in January 2011


BH Photo #193256

Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Puyallup River, Railroad on Tacoma Railroad
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1919, rehabilitated 1948
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Tacoma Rail (TMRW)
Pratt through truss
Also called
MILW Puyallup River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.24153, -122.40299   (decimal degrees)
47°14'30" N, 122°24'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/545183/5232177 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma South
Inventory number
BH 47982 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Tacoma Rail Mountain Division", "Union Pacific Railroad", "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"
  • June 1, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • February 4, 2011: Added by K. A. Erickson


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Luke


BNSF Puyallup River Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1) I was merely pointing out to Russell that the bridge being listed as "BNSF" was not a glaring mistake" as Russel had described it as.

It was not my intent to come across as rude or haughty.

2) "Ergo" means the exact same thing as "therefore".

Also I don't know why you're getting all pissy about my choice of terminology when it has no bearing on your claim

3) "Listen & learn"

I'm going to presume that you are trying to imply that I am unwilling to learn with that quip.

A claim which is rather unfounded.

Also: I thanked Russel for the information that the bridge had been used by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (Given the build date, they probably built it as well)

Ps: Now, I may have misinterpreted Mr.Holter's post, and if I have, my bad.

Puyallup River Railroad Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

I have not seen any trains go over it. BNSF uses the low lying Pratt to the North of the Eells and the tracks south along the Puyallup. Union Pacific uses the skewed 1948 bridge south of I-5.

This bridge is owned by Tacoma Rail, the intent to distribute products from companies along a "Mountain" line to the Union Pacific yards East. Their "Terminal" line is far more profitable, busy. The "Mountain" lines are mainly used for storage by other rail companies, park some cars, etc. at x dollars a day.

BNSF Puyallup River Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ergo....really?. or just twisted logic. Listen to the locals and learn.

Ergo? Stop being rude.

B.N.S.F. - Puyallup River Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by Russell Holter (rails2paradise [at] netscape [dot] net)


I need to point out a glaring mistake on your website. The bridge you have identified here at the BNSF-Puyallup River bridge is the Tacoma Rail Bridge nee, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific.

For the sake of accuracy, I thought you might consider revising this entry.

Russell Holter