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BNSF - Turkey Creek Bridge


BNSF Turkey Creek Bridge


Photo taken by John Marvig in October 2019


BH Photo #459026


Street View 


Pratt through truss bridge over Turkey Creek on BNSF Railway
Gage County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1895, Approach replaced 2013
- Shiffler Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 132.0 ft.
Total length: 445.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.36695, -96.88984   (decimal degrees)
40°22'01" N, 96°53'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/679161/4470623 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 70995 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 28, 2019: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 27, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added builder and date
  • October 6, 2016: New Street View added by J.P.
  • February 12, 2016: Added by John Marvig


  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com


BNSF - Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted March 9, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've dug a little deeper and found what appears to be another bridge built by Shiffler Bridge Co, located at Hardin, Montana. Interestingly enough, the Sheridan-Billings line was built in 1895-1896, the same year this truss was built. We also know the many crossings of the Big Horn River were upgraded in 1911. Considering these trusses have very similar features, there is a decent chance this truss came from one of the crossings of the Big Horn River in Montana. I will look further into this, and hopefully find information in the CB&Q archives.

BNSF - Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted October 28, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thereís one other I found in Nebraska, a girder. Both happen to be on former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy lines. I would guess thereís probably more. Itís unfortunate, of the many trusses in southern Nebraska on CBQ lines, there are relatively few left. I would guess at least a couple were by Shiffler.

BNSF - Turkey Creek Bridge
Posted October 28, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I had heard of Shiffler BC, but this is the first actual bridge I have seen credited to them.