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BNSF - US56 Overpass


Photo taken by Ron Reber in August 2019


BH Photo #459598

Street View 

An Historic Crossing that predates the current railroad underpass. 

Written by Robert Elder

At this location, US 56 is running on roughly the same alignment as the Santa Fe trail. The location of the trail coincides with Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Burlingame, a few blocks east of this underpass. The Santa Fe trail crossed Switlzer Creek immediately to the east of the underpass. Today, US 56 crosses the creek on a modern concrete bridge at roughly the same location.

This 1928 deck plate girder carries the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad over US 56 and Switzler Creek. Today Burlingame is known as the place "where rail crosses trail".


Deck plate girder bridge over Us56 Hwy and Switzler Creek on Atsf Railroad
Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas
Open to traffic
Built 1905 over Switzler Creek, Extended 1928 over US-56
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 75.1 ft.
Total length: 145.0 ft.
Also called
ATSF - US56 Overpass
BNSF - Switzler Creek Bridge
ATSF - Switzler Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.75381, -95.82600   (decimal degrees)
38°45'14" N, 95°49'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/254423/4293250 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
KDOT 0070-B0022 (Kansas Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 45410 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 2, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: added information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • November 1, 2019: New photos from Ron Reber
  • May 29, 2010: Essay added by Robert Elder


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ron Reber
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com