2 votes

UP - River des Peres Bridge (Bella Villa)


Union Pacific local freight crosses River des Bridge

Photo taken on December 30, 2005.

Photo taken by Skip Gatermann

BH Photo #148918


Street View 


A long time ago this bridge used to be a very active railroad line. Long lines of freight, coal and box cars were moved across it and eventually joining up with the main line UPRR near Kirkwood, Mo.

Much of the railroad line was later abandoned and converted into what is known today as "Grant's Trail." After a period of about a year when it was officially deemed "Out of Service", Southside Recycling has requested rail service once again (after a hiatus) and this bridge is active once again.


Deck plate girder bridge over River des Peres on the Union Pacific Railroad
St. Louis, Missouri
- Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.54894, -90.27051   (decimal degrees)
38°32'56" N, 90°16'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/737864/4270256 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Webster Groves
Inventory number
BH 43596 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Deck girder (5,783)
Girder (10,307)
Have street view (27,081)
Missouri (6,315)
Missouri Pacific Railroad (382)
Open (39,995)
Owned by railroad (12,508)
Plate girder (7,991)
Railroad (15,615)
St. Louis, Missouri (151)
Union Pacific Railroad (2,377)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2019: New photo from Daniel Barnes
  • October 12, 2013: New photos from Joe Leets
  • August 15, 2010: New photos from Mark Dellbringge
  • August 10, 2010: Updated by Mark Dellbringge: Edited description
  • November 8, 2009: Added by Skip Gatermann



UP - River des Peres Bridge (Bella Villa)
Posted December 20, 2019, by Skip Gatermann (skip [dot] gatermann [at] gmail [dot] com)

In 2019, this bridge is still used daily by Union Pacific Railroad to switch cars at the ICL Specialty Products plant at 8230 Idaho Avenue in the City of St. Louis. In order to access the business tracks in the facility, Union Pacific must cross the bridge in order to back trains into the plant on the north side of River Des Peres.

UP River des Peres Bridge
Posted June 22, 2014, by Sean (Smilanovits [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is still in use. A train crosses it weekly to drop box cars at south side recycling.

Union Pacific River des Peres Bridge
Posted December 2, 2012, by Anonymous

Caught a train here in 2012. UPY 656 with freaky lettering and UPY 658 leading. At night.

Union Pacific River des Peres Bridge
Posted September 8, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

From the description section, near Kirkwood.

Union Pacific River des Peres Bridge
Posted September 8, 2012, by Jack (jpkava10 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Where does this meet up with the UPRR main line?