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KCS - Colorado River Bridge


Photo taken by Patrick Feller

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Originally the Texas & New Orleans railroad, later Southern Pacific. Rail line abandoned 1986, purchased by KCS in 2007 and service restored and re-opened in 2009.


Through truss bridge over Colorado River on the Kansas City Southern railway
Wharton, Wharton County, Texas
Open to traffic
Built 1903; abandoned 1986, re-opened 2009
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- Southern Pacific Railroad (SP)
- Texas & New Orleans Railroad (TNO)
Main span: Camelback through truss
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 18, 1993
Also called
T&NO - Colorado River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.30725, -96.10664   (decimal degrees)
29°18'26" N, 96°06'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/781038/3245502 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52892 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Added NRHP date
  • August 19, 2012: Updated by Max : Updated "Offical name" and "categories"
  • July 14, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

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Posted August 19, 2012, by Max

Just thought I'd add, this was originally the Texas & New Orleans railroad, however this bridge and the entire rail line between Victoria and Rosenburg, Texas was absorbed by Southern Pacific. SP later discontinued (abandoned) service on the line around 1986, and it was allowed to run down. Kansas City Southern railroad purchased the 92 mile right-of-way in 2000, and starting in 2007, restored the entire line with new ballast, concrete ties and new track at the cost of 171 million dollars. The first train in 23 years ran on the line in June 2009 with a 59 MPH speed limit. They did this to avoid obtaining trackage rights on Union Pacific's congested line, but still connect to their subsidiary company (KCS de Mexico). In addition, this line is also shorter and quicker than Union Pacific route. On the negetive side, alot of the old bridges on this route were replaced, only some main structures like this one were repaired, and those smaller ones that didn't have too much corrosion and rust were spared.