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UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge


Downstream four miles, this bridge over Sycamore Creek near Mansfield Highway yoostabe the way the Houston & Texas Central railroad got into and out of Fort Worth. The date 1906 is cut out in stencil at the top.

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BH Photo #521166


Pratt through truss bridge over Sycamore Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1906
- Houston & Texas Central Railway (H&TC)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Texas & New Orleans Railroad (TNO)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Pratt through truss
Also called
TNO - Sycamore Creek Bridge
SP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
H&TC - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.69633, -97.30637   (decimal degrees)
32°41'47" N, 97°18'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/658760/3618890 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Worth
Inventory number
BH 66863 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2022: Updated by Luke: Added category "Harriman Lines Common Standard Truss"
  • February 23, 2022: New photo from Bambi Sharkoman
  • April 3, 2015: Added by Luke



UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 24, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

yea ive heard something about BNSF removing the truss superstructures. maybe it never happened or was just speculation. i could see them be reused in parks or lakes around the area or new pedestrian bridges across the river for the fort worth to dallas trail

UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

And I don't even think this is the doomed RR truss in the Metroplex that I had heard of. There are one or more doomed trusses in DFW Metroplex, maybe the three sisters bridges I can't remember I'd have to ask, Kitty was a consulting party on one or two of them. This doesn't look like the one I remembered.

UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2022, by Luke

Also, railroads are actually more fond of reuse in the modern ere than highway departments are. e.g. The Canadian Pacific pulled unused spans on their Illinois lines that had been double tracked by their predecessor railroads to rebuild a span in Iowa: https://issuu.com/railwaytrackstructures/docs/rts_may_2021/1...

UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2022, by Luke

Note the plaque hidden on the lower right. This was a Harriman Lines standard pattern truss, so it was common on lines associated with Edward Harriman (Relevantly, the Southern Pacific and associated lines, the H&TC and T&NO.)

Jesse, keep an eye out in those spots when shooting trusses that look like that.

UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 23, 2022, by Bambi Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

it was definitely a unique one i got this from https://hometownbyhandlebar.com/?p=15684

UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I assume the latter, given railroads have little love for historic truss bridges. Based on the first photo in the link height had become an issue.

UP - Sycamore Creek Bridge
Posted February 22, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge has been relocated or demolished