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NS - Saint Charles Rail Bridge


Side view from a distance

In the background is the Discovery Bridge

Photo taken by James Baughn

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Cantilevered through truss bridge over the Missouri River on the Norfolk Southern Railway
St. Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri, and St. Louis County, Missouri
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1936, replacing an earlier 1871 through truss railroad bridge on a new alignment
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Modjeski, Masters & Chase of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [also known as Modjeski & Masters]
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- Wabash-St. Charles Bridge Co.
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Cantilevered Warren through truss
From: Souvenir of Inspection of New Wabash Bridge: Five main piers. Total length of the main spans is 1,645 feet, composed of one simple truss span 312 feet long, an east anchor arm of 429 feet, a main channel span of 624 feet, and a west anchor arm of 273 feet. The east approach is 3,945 feet long; the west approach is 2,86 feet, making a total length of bridge of 7,876 feet.
Length of largest span: 624.0 ft.
Total length: 7,876.0 ft. (1.5 mi.)
Also called
NS - Missouri River Bridge
Wabash Railroad Bridge #59 (new)
Wabash - Missouri River Bridge
Wabash - Second Missouri River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.79754, -90.46751   (decimal degrees)
38°47'51" N, 90°28'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/719932/4297356 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Charles
Land survey
T. 47 N., R. 5 E., Sec. 32
Inventory number
BH 22582 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 4, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • August 11, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • August 9, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • August 8, 2016: New photos from David Huffman
  • June 28, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • December 22, 2014: New photo from James Holzmeier
  • December 19, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Added Wabash bridge number and uploaded new images
  • November 27, 2014: New photos from James Holzmeier
  • November 10, 2014: Updated by James Holzmeier: Renamed bridge to reflect the original bridge owner and bridge #
  • September 17, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • December 31, 2010: Updated by Mark Frazier: Construction notes added.
  • January 23, 2006: Posted new photos

Related Bridges 



NS - Saint Charles Rail Bridge
Posted July 13, 2021, by Jack Wright (jwright61 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Longest RR bridge in State of Missouri

NS - Saint Charles Rail Bridge
Posted June 30, 2016, by Jerry L Brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Of course, I've pretty much abandoned the idea. I don't have the time and definitely don't want to be arrested. The bridge is so close to the highway someone would probably call it in,etc.

NS - Second Missouri River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2015, by Anonymous

I'll just read about your crossing attempt in the news....

NS - Second Missouri River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2015, by Jerry L Brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I should say, try to cross. I think they have those safety platforms at intervals....

NS - Second Missouri River Bridge
Posted August 11, 2015, by jerry brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Has anyone crossed on foot?? I'm going to.

Wabash Bridge
Posted September 17, 2014, by James Holzmeier (wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com)

Actually, you can see them in the Google Map on this page. Zoom into the corner of Olive and N. 3rd in Satellite view. You can see them in Street View too!

Wabash Bridge
Posted September 17, 2014, by James Holzmeier (wabashry [at] gmail [dot] com)

Years ago I discovered what I believe to be two of the old bridge's approach span bases in St. Charles. They were being used as plant boxes in a vacant lot. It was odd to see these two large bases, neither of which were perpendicular to either the street or the sidewalk, at an angle coinciding with the curvature of the west approach spans leading up to the St. Charles depot. I'll see if I can find the photos I took of them.

Wabash Bridge
Posted December 29, 2007, by Bruce Bridges (railfan727 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is now the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Wabash name has not been used since Norfolk & Western took over in 1964, and N&W merged with Southern in 1982.

Wabash Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Dylan

The 1871 St. Charles Railroad Bridge was located about 1/2 mile south of the current St. Charles Railroad Bridge. The alignment of the 1871 Bridge on the St. Charles side of the river was between Olive Street and French Street.