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TRE - Old Channel Elm Fork Trinity River Bridge


View from the south

Photo taken by Patrick Feller

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #289084


Street View 


Lattice through truss bridge over the old channel of Trinity River on Trinity Railway Express
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Open to traffic
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Chicago, Rock Island, & Gulf Railway (CRIG)
- Commuter Rail
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
- Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA)
- Trinity Railway Express (TRE)
Lattice through truss
Also called
CRIP - Elm Fork Trinity River Bridge
DART - Old Channel Elm Fork Trinity River Bridge
CRI&G - Elm Fork Trinity River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.81316, -96.86153   (decimal degrees)
32°48'47" N, 96°51'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/700206/3632599 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dallas NW
Inventory number
BH 48143 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 4, 2015: New photos from Albert Johnston
  • October 22, 2014: Updated by M C Toyer: Added category "Chicago Rock Island and Gulf RR (CRI&G)"
  • July 24, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • July 24, 2014: Photo imported by Patrick Feller
  • July 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Trinity Railway Express", "Railroad"
  • February 15, 2011: Added by James Baughn based on a tip


  • Albert Johnston - asjohnston3 [at] gmail [dot] com


DART - Old Channel Trinity River Bridge
Posted October 22, 2014, by M C Toyer (mctoyer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This railroad and bridge were constructed by the Chicago Rock Island and Gulf Railroad (CRI&G) in 1903 on the line connecting Fort Worth and Dallas Texas. The CRI&G was chartered specifically to operate in Texas and was later absorbed into its parent, the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (CRI&P).

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) is a joint service of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) with both entities co-owning the trackage and right of way. Since DART and TRE have separate routes and equipment it would be more correct to label this bridge as TRE rather than DART.

The bridge crosses Elm Fork which merges with the West Fork further downstream to form the Trinity River. Elm Fork was diverted upstream in 1930 for flood control but this channel continues to serves as a primary conduit for storm water drainage.

My recommendation is to the change the common name of this bridge to "Rock Island RR / Elm Fork Bridge" with "TRE / Old Elm Fork Bridge" as an alternate. These names would be historically and geographically correct.

TRE Lattice Bridge
Posted February 15, 2011, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nice "Triple" Lattice!

The double collision-struts in the end panels give it a rather unique look.