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TIBR - Sabine River Bridge



Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #281995


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


Swing through truss bridge over Sabine River on Timberrock Railroad Company
Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, and Newton County, Texas
Erected 1905 using a double trussed secondhand Whipple Truss span
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Fabricator of TPG, swing span, and fixed span)
- Kohmann & McMurry of Kansas City, Missouri (Substructure)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (Double Truss fabricator)
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway (GC&SF)
- Timber Rock Railroad (TIBR)
Trestle Approach
1-215' Pratt through truss Swing Span
1-215' Double Trussed Whipple Through Truss
1-100' Through Girder
Trestle Approach
Length of largest span: 215.0 ft.
Total length: 2,243.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Also called
ATSF - Sabine River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.74072, -93.61902   (decimal degrees)
30°44'27" N, 93°37'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/440744/3401031 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 55134 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2020: Updated by John Marvig: added information from ATSF Bridge Records
  • November 8, 2018: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • November 7, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • October 22, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • April 18, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 17, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • January 5, 2013: Added by Jared Mixson


TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted August 19, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

A google search turns up nothing. I'm hoping its little more than tie or approach replacement, but I am not certain. I will ask around to see what I can find.

TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted August 19, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

In making my webpage for this bridge (over 400 detailed photos, sadly in crappy weather), I noticed in the Google Satellite, there appears to some sort of work at the bridge. They cut a new road back to the bridge and construction equipment is visible around the bridge. I am not sure what the scope of work is. I did notice some section loss on the swing span. Lets hope they are just repairing it.


TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted April 7, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I did a full walk-through of this bridge despite the long walk back and crappy weather conditions. Do not yet have photos online yet. But this is a fascinating bridge and as i recall i did find details indicating the doubling of the Whipple.

TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted April 6, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Whipple span on this bridge appears to have been doubled up and possibly relocated from another location. It probably dates to the mid-1880s, and my guess is that if Missouri Valley did the 1905 work, they may also have originally fabricated it. It seems odd however that the swing span (clearly 1905 vintage) is the exact same size as the Whipple. It could be possible that they combined the spans of the previous bridge to form a single span, and only brought in one new large span.

TIBR - Sabine River Bridge
Posted April 17, 2014, by Patrick Feller (nakrnsm [at] aol [dot] com)

This is the same bridge as BH 56084, http://bridgehunter.com/tx/newton/tibr-sabine-river/