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BNSF - Neosho River Bridge (Emporia)

Photos 

Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in September 2017

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BH Photo #401532

Map 

Description 

Build date comes from Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge records at Temple, TX Railroad Museum.

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Neosho River on BNSF Railroad
Location
Lyon County, Kansas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1897
Builder
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.42615, -96.12248   (decimal degrees)
38°25'34" N, 96°07'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/751193/4257020 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lang
Land survey
T. 19 S., R. 12 E., Sec. 6
Elevation
1100 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 38374 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added likely builder based on 1897 ATSF bridge program
  • September 3, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • September 3, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 15, 2008: Added by Robert Elder

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Comments 

BNSF - Neosho River Bridge (Emporia)
Posted September 3, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Clark,

I believe I added the date from a newspapers.com article mentioning the construction of a new bridge over the Neosho on the Emporia-Topeka line. Railroad bridge dates can be a pain to track down. It's a lot of basing it off of identical structures and when the railroads reconstructed the line.

BNSF - Neosho River Bridge (Emporia)
Posted September 3, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I don't seem to have much success finding build dates on RR bridges other than plaques. How did you figure out the date for this one?

BNSF - Neosho River Bridge (Emporia)
Posted September 3, 2017, by John Marvig

Beat me to this one Nick! I love your photos!!

BNSF - Neosho River Bridge (Emporia)
Posted September 3, 2017, by Nick Schmiedeler

119 years old? Gorgeous.