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UP - Truckee River Bridge


Railroad Bridge over the Truckee River at Wadsworth Nevada

Railroad Bridge over the Truckee River at Wadsworth Nevada taken from Nevada Highway 427.

Photo taken by Mike Lynch

License: Released into public domain


BH Photo #255662

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After being abandon as the Southern Pacific mainline due to a reroute, in 1913-14 the Fernley and Lassen Railroad was built and extended from Fernley, Nevada, to Westwood in California, where by 1918 two passenger trains arrived daily, along with freight and logging trains. Between 1918 and 1934, both the Lassen Lumber and Box Company and the Fruit Growers Exchange Company had established branch lines from Westwood into their holdings. Then, local business slowed with the arrival of the Western Pacific Railroad lines to Westwood in 1931 and by 1934 passenger service to Westwood ended. Seasonal logging trains continued to run to Westwood until the end of 1952 when the Fruit Growers abandoned its logging railroad and camps. Local rail freighting ended in 1956 and in 1978 the Interstate Commerce Commission approved the S.P.'s petition of abandonment of the Fernley and Lassen Railroad.

Truckee River, named from the Indian guide of Gen. Frémont, flows through the old town of Wadsworth just beyond Fernley and 100 or more feet below the present railroad grade.

The original route of the Central Pacific passed down into this valley, and Wadsworth was one of the important stations on it. Now, however, the railroad swings to the south to maintain an even grade on the westward climb along upper Truckee River.


Through truss bridge over Truckee River on Union Pacific Railroad
Washoe County, Nevada
Open to pedestrians only
Built in 1907 when the mainline ran along this route but was subsequently re-routed south of the Truckee River. In 1913, it became part of the Fernley Lassen Railroad Line which operated until 1955. The line was officially abandoned in1978.
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Fernley & Lassen Railway (F&L)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Steel Through truss with wood deck
Span length: 212.0 ft.
Total length: 212.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 28.0 ft.
Also called
Fernley Lassen Truckee River Bridge
Wadsworth Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.63254, -119.28259   (decimal degrees)
39°37'57" N, 119°16'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/304108/4389463 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
4068 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 56500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 25, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Craig Philpott: added photos refined description
  • June 8, 2013: New photo from Mike Lynch
  • June 7, 2013: Added by Mike Lynch