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DME - Des Moines River Bridge (West Channel)


South Side

From levee

Photo taken by Dylan VanAntwerp in October 2012


BH Photo #249414


IC&E/DM&E/CP/BNSF Light Power Move Crosses Des Moines River

A light power move consisting of two Iowa, Chicago, & Eastern engines, one Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern locomotive, one Canadian Pacific engine, and two BNSF units passes over the Des Moines River bridge from Turkey Island to the west (railroad south) side of the river at Ottumwa, Iowa on April 9, 2013.

Video posted by AugustTrain

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Warren Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1911;
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- I&M Rail Link (IMRL)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 825.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #I-418
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.02271, -92.43362   (decimal degrees)
41°01'22" N, 92°26'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/547617/4541432 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ottumwa North
Inventory number
BH 51446 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • August 18, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • May 3, 2013: New video from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • March 6, 2013: New photos from Dylan VanAntwerp
  • February 21, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Deleted the picture I'd imported and re-added it so Dylan pictures showing the side of the bridge would become the default imagery
  • February 21, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added category "Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad"
  • September 25, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • February 25, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Railroad"


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  • Dylan VanAntwerp - dylan_vanantwerp [at] live [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com