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UP - Newport Swing Bridge



Photos taken October 2007 by James Baughn

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BH Photo #109375


Through truss swing bridge over White River and CR 10 on the Union Pacific Railroad south of Newport
Jackson County, Arkansas
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1938 by the Virginia Bridge Co.
- Virginia Bridge Co. of Roanoke, Virginia
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Swing Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 201.0 ft.
Total length: 1,197.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.58792, -91.32019   (decimal degrees)
35°35'17" N, 91°19'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/652187/3939543 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1983)
Inventory numbers
AHTD 14096 (Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept. bridge number)
BH 10386 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 1998)
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Update Log 

  • October 31, 2007: Posted new photos


  • Douglas Butler


UP - Newport Swing Bridge
Posted January 20, 2022, by Hildredge Tripp (tripphd [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge is still in operation. Found it yesterday to be pretty much in the same shape as in the pictures. There was a northbound coal unit train, probably bound for the Entergy plant at Newark, waiting for permission to advance across the bridge. Almost certainly the swing span is inoperable, I don't think there is much commercial traffic on the White River.

Also, I noticed in the description that this crosses a roadway, and that is correct in the smallest of senses. It does cross a dirt county farm road, but it's main purpose is to cross the White River south of Newport.

Newport Railroad Bridge
Posted November 22, 2017, by Steven Schilling (stevenrschilling [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is there still river traffic through bridge; I have 50' boat, wish to navigate black river to black rock????

Newport Railroad Bridge
Posted July 12, 2008, by Randall Houp (ghostbridgehunter [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited and photographed this old bridge on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. Bridge in good condition but difficult to photograph at various angles due to all the overgrowth because of summer. Did get some good photos including one with a northbound train on it. Great bridge to see due to its old age. Makes a very unique noise when the train hits it! A lot of rust and a lot of history on this old relic. Glad to see it is still in use.