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BNSF - Victorville Bridge

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Victorville RR bridge

Both bridges visible, looking East

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in April 2010

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BH Photo #163484

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Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Mojave River on BNSF Railroad
Location
Victorville, San Bernardino County, California
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1914, Second, riveted Pratt Span added 1924
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
Two Pratt through truss bridges side by side on parallel tracks of railroad. Each truss is of similar, but not identical design and length.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 235.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.0 ft.
Also called
Mojave River RR Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.56844, -117.31558   (decimal degrees)
34°34'06" N, 117°18'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/471052/3825231 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Victorville
Inventory number
BH 44984 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 23, 2021: Updated by Luke: Re-added second span date; Film was RELEASED in 1924, but obviously filmed earlier.
  • November 23, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Corrected history as newer span was incorrectly identified as a Warren truss.
  • January 6, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: Currently being replaced
  • June 26, 2018: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from ATSF Railway Bridge Records
  • May 2, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • January 29, 2013: Updated by Jann Mayer: Uploaded photos, corrected typo
  • October 4, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • April 23, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • April 22, 2010: Added by Craig Philpott

Sources 

  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke

Comments 

BNSF - Victorville Bridge
Posted November 24, 2021, by Luis (luissanlop36 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are welcome, John.

BNSF - Victorville Bridge
Posted November 24, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I had two different railroad bridge records that said two different things (1921 vs 1924), but it appears that the 1924 date is correct (at least much more clear to read in the 1936 records). I will go ahead and change the second date to 1924.

Interesting to see the photo of the bridge, where it appears grading and abutments are done for the second track. Thanks for sharing!

BNSF - Victorville Bridge
Posted November 24, 2021, by Luis (luissanlop36 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This definitely proves what I thought:

https://catalog.afi.com/Film/11742-ROARING-RAILS

BNSF - Victorville Bridge
Posted November 24, 2021, by Luis (luissanlop36 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Release in september 1924. I would be surprised if the movie had not been shot a few months before. It would be a rarity in the silent film era. Unfortunately, I was unable to find out the exact filming date.

BNSF - Victorville Bridge
Posted November 23, 2021, by Luke

Note that it was RELEASED in 1924. Release date != film date.

BNSF - Victorville Bridge
Posted November 23, 2021, by Luis (luissanlop36 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is featured in the silent movie "Roaring Rails" (Tom Forman, 1924).

It is noteworthy that the second Pratt through truss bridge had not yet been built since the movie was produced in 1924.