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BNSF - Times Beach Bridge


Train crossing

Photo taken by James Baughn in October 2015


BH Photo #340710


Three-span deck truss bridge over Meramec River on the BNSF Railway at Times Beach, near Deicke Road
Times Beach, St. Louis County, Missouri
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1923, replacing a bridge next to it
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (SLSF; Frisco)
Warren deck truss
Total length: 623.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.51733, -90.60873   (decimal degrees)
38°31'02" N, 90°36'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/708477/4265926 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 4 E., Sec. 30
460 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 22661 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 29, 2022: New photos from Drew a. Walters
  • March 23, 2022: New photo from Drew a. Walters
  • October 27, 2015: New photos from James Baughn
  • April 10, 2006: Posted photos from Jack Schmidt

Related Bridges 



BNSF - Times Beach Bridge
Posted April 10, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like the current trusses were probably built in 1923, judging by the stamp on the abutment in picture #10. In addition, the nearby Valley Park bridge was also built at the same time as part of a double tracking project:


BNSF - Times Beach Bridge
Posted April 9, 2020, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

James,in picture #1 I noticed a N/S and a CSX engine behind the BNSF engine.It's weird to me but there probably is an explanation for 3 different engines hauling freight.

BNSF - Times Beach Bridge
Posted April 9, 2020, by Anonymous

when was this bridge built?

BNSF - Times Beach Bridge
Posted August 19, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The 1903/13 15' quad shows a single track. In 1945 there is a double track. Probably the original single track used the stone piers, the second track went on the concrete extensions, then the original track was scrapped at some time later than 1945. The 1954 7.5' shows the double track ending at Times Beach just before the bridge and a single track continuing toward St. Louis.

BNSF - Times Beach Bridge
Posted August 19, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

To me, it appears that the existing bridge was added onto an older deck truss that used the double track piers. The old deck truss probably was 30 years or so older than the current truss, and was probably removed when the double track was no longer necessary.

BNSF - Times Beach Bridge
Posted August 19, 2018, by Remick Bloss (remickbl [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was just getting ready to ask why this bridge was not double-tracked at the outset. I mean, the builders built the piers for a double-track bridge.

Times Beach Railroad Bridge
Posted July 30, 2010, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

This is the old Frisco, and now BNSF Cuba Sub.

Times Beach Railroad Bridge
Posted April 4, 2009, by jack (jackkav [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

what rr is this on?

Times Beach Railroad Bridge
Posted April 19, 2006, by Gary Dyhouse (friscogary [at] rrmail [dot] com)

This bridge was built with extra wide piers for a possible second track.