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John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7

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Pine Creek bridge with derailed boxcars.

Photo taken by Kyle Jarvis in May 2005

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BH Photo #338879

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Pine Creek on John Wayne Trail
Location
Whitman County, Washington
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Railroads
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Deck plate girder
Also called
MILW - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.23005, -117.58420   (decimal degrees)
47°13'48" N, 117°35'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/455776/5230894 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pine City
Inventory number
BH 67519 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2015: New photos from Kyle Jarvis

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Comments 

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted August 31, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks luke.Picture #1 looks like an empty rail car so i assume the lumber was removed from this car and the other one.I talked to a good friend of mine and he said that these rail cars can be removed.Of course due to the remote location most people would say no way.But like i say,where there's a will there's a way.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted August 30, 2016, by Luke

According to a railfan video on YouTube, the derailment occurred in February, 1980. The boxcars were both loaded with lumber.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted August 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan,does anyone know the history of this bridge and when and how the boxcars ended up where they are?

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted August 29, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's one of the more unique things I have seen!

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted August 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The photos posted of this bridge show that derailed boxcars were left in place! Google imagery shows they still remain on this bridge, which is now a rail-trail! Rather unusual to be sure.