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UP - Comal River Bridge


Looking SSE

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in May 2018


BH Photo #427573


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Built in 1901 this bridge and leg of the old MKT (Katy) railroad was abandoned in 1989 and was restored to service in 1998 as per the sign on site for the Union Pacific Railroad.


Pratt through truss bridge over Comal River on Union Pacific Railroad
New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1901 by Phoenix Bridge Co. Abandoned 1989-restored to service Oct. 1998
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT; Katy)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 129.0 ft.
Total length: 211.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.0 ft.
Also called
MKT - Comal River Bridge (New Braunfels)
Katy-Comal River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.70817, -98.12908   (decimal degrees)
29°42'29" N, 98°07'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/584244/3286766 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Braunfels West
613 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 61160 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2018: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 4, 2014: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Added categories "Wooden deck", "Riveted"
  • June 22, 2014: Updated by royce haley: Name change
  • June 1, 2014: Added by royce haley


  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


UP - Comal River Bridge (New Braunfels)
Posted June 13, 2014, by royce haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sorry would have no idea where to find anything about the Bridge. If not for the sign in front of it I wouldn't have known it was a bridge. (joke) But as to date I am not a very good researcher..cant find info on any railroad bridges I've photographed so far. If I can help with pictures would be happy to

UP - Comal River Bridge (New Braunfels)
Posted June 11, 2014, by chris (hut3toe57 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

would you know where to find blue prints of this bridge.i want to build a replica of this bridge at our RR museum here in new braunfels tx. Chris Hutchison,Project Manager,New Braunfels Rail Road Museum.NB TX.78130

UP - Comal River Bridge (New Braunfels)
Posted June 7, 2014, by royce haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You may use any photos I have posted to this web site. I look forward to looking over your site. I am close enough that I could do other pics of that bridge for you if there was something particular you were looking to see.

Royce and Bobette Haley

UP - Comal River Bridge (New Braunfels)
Posted June 2, 2014, by Barbara Cohen (allbar [at] aol [dot] com)

I am president of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center in Phoenixville, PA. Our museum celebrates the legacy of the Phoenix Iron & Steel Company. Our web site is www.phoenixvillefoundry.org. When you visit the site go to BRIDGES & STRUCTURES and you will see what we have put together.

Please let me know if we cxan use your photo for our web site.

Thank you.

Barbara Cohen