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DME - Nora Junction Bridge


View from 1st Street Bridge

Photo taken in 1998 by Jason Smith


BH Photo #111363


Built with through girder spans built in the early 1900s at an unknown location and moved here in 1998 to replace an earlier 1890s truss.


Through Plate Girder Bridge over Shell Rock River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Nora Springs, Floyd County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1998 using secondhand Ca. 1910 spans
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.14048, -93.01032   (decimal degrees)
43°08'26" N, 93°00'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/499160/4776415 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nora Springs
Inventory number
BH 36183 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 3, 2021: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 24, 2019: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 28, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • February 10, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Iowa, Chicago, and Eastern Railroad", "Canadian Pacific Railway", "Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad"
  • December 3, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates
  • February 6, 2008: Added by Jason Smith

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DME - Nora Junction Bridge
Posted April 14, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've been talking to a railroad groups trying to figure out where this bridge may have come from. A number of people are absolutely amendment that the bridge was installed prior to the IMRL takeover in 1997 ("I can't recall them ever replacing so much as a culvert"). It wasn't there in 1994, but it was by 1996/1997.

The girder ends make me wonder if this is actually a Milwaukee Road span, or if the Soo Line (owners at the time) brought it from a different railroad line/system. The ends seem to have a more typical shape for the C&NW, as the Soo and Milwaukee Road usually had a rounded shape.