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BNSF - Platte River Bridge


Platte River Railroad Bridge

Photo by Thaddeus Roan

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BH Photo #283588

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Raised and rebuild in 1924. Information credit of CB&Q Allen Moore collection - BRHS Archives and Johnmarvigbridges.org


Baltimore through truss bridge over Platte River on Railroad (BNSF)
Cass County, Nebraska, and Sarpy County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1903 and 1910, rebuilt 1924; Three spans replaced after 2019 floods
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (1903 Trusses)
- Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co. of Leavenworth, Kansas (1924 Spans)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
2-16' Concrete Slab (1924)
2-126' Pin Connected Pratt Through Trusses (1903)
1-126' Riveted Baltimore Through Truss (1910)
1-94' Through Girder (1924, destroyed 2019)
11-60' Deck Girders (1924, two spans destroyed 2019)
2-120' Riveted Pratt Through Trusses (1924)
2-16' Slab (1924)
Length of largest span: 126.0 ft.
Total length: 1,436.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.05803, -95.92981   (decimal degrees)
41°03'29" N, 95°55'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/253799/4549335 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 59370 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 27, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builder
  • October 22, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • October 21, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 18, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 15, 2014: Photo imported by Frank Hicks
  • January 25, 2014: Added by Luke Harden


BNSF - Platte River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good call Luke, you’re probably right. The plaque is less “pointy” than this example seen on Frisco Bridges in Kansas, but still has a similar shape: http://bridgehunter.com/photos/40/82/408251-L.jpg

CBQ did use King extensively, so this makes sense. Unfortunately, the portals where the plaque existed were replaced in the BNSF era.

BNSF - Platte River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by Luke

Looks like a King plaque.

BNSF - Platte River Bridge
Posted October 17, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Would anybody recognize the plaque on the top of that span? It would be one of the 1903 Pratt spans.