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UP/NP - Gauntlet Bridge

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Gauntlet bridge

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Description 

The bridge was jointly used by Northern Pacific and Union Pacific. To avoid using switches 2 sets of track were overlaid to occupy a single track. The advantage is there was no need to use switchtrack that would slow down the train. This kind of trackage is known as the gauntlet configuration (only one train can traverse the bridge at a time.

"Bridge 89.35 over Yakima River near Parker, Washington: Steel bridge consisting of one 19o-foot and two x86-foot truss spans built on new concrete piers, replacing timber bridge"

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Yakima River on Union Pacific Railroad/ Northern Pacific Railroad
Location
Yakima County, Washington
Status
Currently abandonded
Future prospects
Available for reuse
History
Built 1922
Railroads
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
1 190' Pratt through truss
2 186' Pratt through trusses
Also called
UP/NP - Parker Bridge
UP/NP - Yakima River Bridge
Northern Pacific Bridge 89
Union Pacific Bridge 89.35
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.49602, -120.44063   (decimal degrees)
46°29'46" N, 120°26'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/696395/5152343 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wapato
Inventory numbers
NP Bridge 89
UP Bridge 89.35
BH 76883 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 7, 2017: Updated by Dave Cox: added year bridge was built
  • April 30, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added info via Google Books & the Minnesota Historical Society
  • April 30, 2017: Added by Dave Cox

Sources 

  • Dave Cox
  • Luke