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CMR - Labadie Viaduct


South side

Photo taken February 2006 by Kevin Ferguson

BH Photo #105287

Street View 


This bridge crosses Labadie Creek and Labadie Bottom Road, aka Front St, which was originally the location of the Missouri Pacific Railroad's mainline. The MoPac route was rebuilt and relocated in 1929.


Warren through truss bridge over Labadie Bottom Road/Labadie Creek on the Central Midland Railway
Labadie, Franklin County, Missouri
Open to traffic
Built 1902
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Central Midland Railway (CMR)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Missouri Central Railroad (MOC)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
1 Sp. 58' DPG
1 Sp. 74' DPG
1 Sp. 166' Riveted Warren through truss
1 Sp. 60' DPG
Length of largest span: 166.0 ft.
Total length: 358.0 ft.
Also called
SSW - Labadie Viaduct
RI - Labadie Viaduct
RI - Br. #455
RI - Labadie MoPac Bridge
SP - Labadie Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.53106, -90.84663   (decimal degrees)
38°31'52" N, 90°50'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/687698/4266937 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 2 E., Sec. 30
Inventory numbers
CRIP Bridge 455
BH 21496 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2021: New photos from David Huffman
  • July 10, 2018: New photos from John Christeson
  • November 13, 2016: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Missouri Central Railroad", "St. Louis Southwestern Railway", "Southern Pacific Railroad", "Union Pacific Railroad"
  • June 28, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 13, 2009: New photos from Joe Virruso
  • April 25, 2008: Updated by Max Johnson
  • February 13, 2006: Posted photo from Kevin Ferguson


  • Kevin Ferguson - fergusk2 [at] slu [dot] edu
  • Joe Virruso - virrusofamily [at] att [dot] net
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Christeson - john_christeson [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • David Huffman


Labadie Viaduct
Posted November 25, 2009, by Brian Daniel (railstoruin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The truss span was built to cross Labadie Creek, as well as the tracks of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, whose original right-of-way passed through Labadie and beneath the bridge. The approach spans are of concrete and steel, which replaced the original wood trestle approaches in 1910. The bridge was on the Rock Island Railroad's 19th subdivision, and was numbered 455. From 1999 to present (2009), The bridge is owned by the Missouri Central Railroad, and is now operated as the Central Midland Railway. Trains still cross the bridge four times weekly, however the rails beneath are long gone. The Missouri Pacific Railroad upgraded and rebuilt its mainline to two tracks in 1929 and relocated its alignment, bypassing the area through a tunnel one mile south of town. The original grade is now Front Street.

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Labadie Viaduct
Posted April 14, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

now UP rr right?