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RWRR - Chamberlain Bridge



Photo taken by David Yates


BH Photo #179973


Street View 


Polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Missouri River (Francis Case Lake) on Ringneck & Western Railroad
Chamberlain, Brule County, South Dakota, and Lyman County, South Dakota
Open to traffic, but rarely used
Built 1953 with the construction of Francis Case Lake, replacing an earlier 1923 bridge
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Washington, D.C.
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota Southern Railway (DSRC)
- Ringneck & Western Railroad
Main spans: Two polygonal Warren through trusses
Approaches: Warren deck trusses
Length of largest span: 375.0 ft.
Total length: 4,890.0 ft. (0.9 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.79796, -99.35803   (decimal degrees)
43°47'53" N, 99°21'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/471197/4849495 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43415 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 20, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 5, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is now owned by Ringneck & Western Railroad
  • July 21, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 14, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added category "American Bridge Co."
  • August 21, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder & railroad pertaining cetegories.
  • August 21, 2012: New photos from Quinn Phelan
  • June 29, 2011: New photos from Clark Vance
  • September 28, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • September 27, 2009: Added by David Backlin

Related Bridges 



DSRC - Chamberlain Bridge
Posted July 6, 2017, by John (johntherogger [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good news for all...this bridge seeing a lot more action. Dakota Southern expanded the branch further and plans are in place to restore the track to Kadoka...possibly back to Rapid City but that may take many many years to accomplish.

Chamberlain Railroad Bridge
Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

I love this bridge. I wish it saw more traffic.

Chamberlain Railroad Bridge
Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

I love this bridge, although I wish it saw more traffic

Chamberlain Railroad Bridge
Posted November 2, 2010, by david yates (david_y [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

There is footage of someone driving a Speeder across the bridge on YouTube and I suspect that is the only type of traffic this bridge sees.


Chamberlain Railroad Bridge
Posted September 5, 2010, by DAVID YATES (david_y [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Found this bridge while traveling on I90 and thought the bridge deserved some pictures. Wish I had taken some close up shots.