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CP - Wauwatosa Bridge

Photos 

Oblique view of truss web

Photo taken by Matt Lohry

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BH Photo #241736

Map 

Street View 

Description 

This massive Warren pony truss bridge is located right in the heart of Wauwatosa, WI, and carries the Canadian Pacific RR over the Menomonee River. This bridge's most unique feature is its three trusses, where most truss bridges only have two. The date plate on the west end of the bridge is only partially intact but shows a 1905 build date, while a stamp on the west abutment shows a 1909 build date. This bridge is extremely massive, especially for a truss bridge built this early in the 20th century. All connections are riveted, and lattice is present under the upper chord. The diagonals are built up and feature plate steel rather than the more-conventional V-lacing or battens. Two separate tracks pass over the bridge. This bridge is easily viewed from a pedestrian MOB located adjacent and parallel to it.

Facts 

Overview
Warren pony truss bridge over Menomonee River on Railroad (CP)
Location
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to rail traffic
History
Built 1905
Builder
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 105.0 ft.
Total length: 105.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.04895, -88.00812   (decimal degrees)
43°02'56" N, 88°00'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/417894/4766744 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wauwatosa
Inventory number
BH 54067 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: added dimensions, noted conflicting dates
  • June 25, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Canadian Pacific Railway"
  • October 22, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • October 22, 2012: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • October 21, 2012: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added description
  • October 21, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Union Pacific Railroad", "Railroad", "Riveted", "Amtrak", "Chicago & North Western Railway"

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Menomonee River Railroad Bridge
Posted June 25, 2013, by John

This is a Canadian Pacific Rail line. I go here all the time. Union Pacific runs far north of here by butler yard.