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John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7

Photos 

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
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
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

Sources 

Comments 

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted April 14, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nic,whoever was cutting the metal had to be very creative to get back to where the rail cars are located being a remote location from what I see on the map.

John Wayne Pioneer Trail - Pine Creek Bridge #7
Posted April 14, 2020, by Nic (Scorpionfury [at] gmail [dot] com )

Hiked along this stretch yesterday (4/13/2020) and box cars are still there. Very neat! The wheels and some of the metal has been cut off and removed at some point. Hope they're not removed as they are an interesting sight for visitors!

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.