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UP - American River Bridge (East)


American Rvr Union Pacific East

Looking SW.

Photo taken by Craig Philpott


BH Photo #176030

Street Views 


Warren through truss bridge over American River on Union Pacific Railroad
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
Open to traffic
Built 1910
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Five span Warren Through Truss with extensive steel and concrete trestle approach across flood plane on North side.
Length of largest span: 204.0 ft.
Total length: 2,244.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.59016, -121.45022   (decimal degrees)
38°35'25" N, 121°27'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/634972/4272436 (zone/easting/northing)
49 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 46034 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2018: New photos from Mark Noyes
  • June 10, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Riveted"
  • January 29, 2016: New Street View added by Dave King
  • May 14, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • September 5, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott



UP - American River Bridge (East)
Posted June 25, 2017, by Luke

According to https://books.google.com/books?id=Tp85AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA807&dq=s... both this bridge and the WP bridge were constructed around the same time.

UP - American River Bridge (East)
Posted June 25, 2017, by Paul Betancourt (betancp [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's actually the third span in that location: the grade and concrete piers from the second span (which washed out in 1909, IIRC) are still visible - there are also several submerged railroad cars from an unsuccessful effort by SP to save the second span. There's a good piece in an article about Elvas that ran in the Winter 2016 issue of SP Trainline that covers the bridges.

American River Union Pacific RR East
Posted May 3, 2013, by Zachary S

Should information be added about the old wooden trestle that burnt here be added? There are some interesting statistics here - http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/10901-fire-...