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TRMW - "S Turn" Trestle


Photo taken by Drew Jacksich

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Decj plate girder bridge over East 26th Street, East J Street on Tacoma Rail
Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
Open to traffic
Built 1908; rehabilitated 1937, 1947, 1949, 1958, & 1960-2;
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Sounder Commuter Rail (SDRX)
- Tacoma Rail (TMRW)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 1,530.0 ft.
Also called
MILW S Turn Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.24013, -122.42153   (decimal degrees)
47°14'24" N, 122°25'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/543781/5232011 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tacoma South
Inventory number
BH 58186 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Tweaked entry a tad
  • September 27, 2013: Added by K. A. Erickson


  • K. A. Erickson
  • Luke


TRMW - "S Turn" Trestle
Posted February 11, 2019, by Rob Petersen (heyrob [at] usa [dot] net)

Well this bridge has been replaced by a modern concrete 2 track "trestle" with a new through plate girder span. The cool part is that they replaced the Milwaukee Road Logo sign also.

I will try to remember to get current photos to post here. It was built to double track the line to the Milwaukee Road Freight House, that is the Tacoma station for Sound Transit trains to Seattle, and is soon to be the new Tacoma Amtrak Station. It was used only once just over a year ago for the ill fated inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass, a new passenger rail route south of Tacoma, which still has not reopened for Amtrak trains, though local freight trains still work the line.

TRMW S Turn Trestle
Posted September 28, 2013, by Scott Gavin (fatpiecat2 [at] charter [dot] net)

Well, it is only a wooden trestle with a plate girder span in the middle. It's not like it's really unique, special, or antique. Bridges like this where the railroad equivalent of the ubiquitous concrete highway bridge.

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific S Turn Trestle
Posted September 27, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

I added this for Luke, et al. It is due to be demolished to make way for a bigger trestle that can carry more tracks. Sounder trains are planned to increase their runs as time goes by. They need to be able to pass by each other, extra line for repair use, etc.