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CN - Appleton Swing Bridge


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Rail Swing Bridge crosses the Corps of Engineers canal downstream of Appleton Lock #3.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in October 2009


BH Photo #148388


Street View 


Written by Robert Thompson

The former Chicago & Northwestern Railway crosses the Corps of Engineers canal at this point. The Milwaukee Road (CMSP&P RR) line had a similar bridge (now dismantled) under the Memorial Drive road bridge further upstream.


Through truss bridge over Fox River Navigation Canal on Canadian National Railway
Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 230.0 ft.
Total length: 330.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW - Fox River Swing Bridge (Appleton)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.25548, -88.39406   (decimal degrees)
44°15'20" N, 88°23'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/388712/4901193 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 20 N., R. 15 E .
710 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43566 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • October 9, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 29, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 2, 2012: New photo from Robert Thompson
  • December 28, 2010: New photo from Robert Thompson
  • November 22, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Railroad Data
  • October 31, 2009: Essay added by Robert Thompson



CN - Appleton Swing Bridge
Posted January 15, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. This line between Appleton and Combined Locks, including several bridges in this area, are reportedly on the sale block. Currently, this line only serves a couple of customers. I do not know what will happen to this line if no buyer can be found, but it seems likely that this swing bridge would be in some danger.

CN - Appleton Swing Bridge
Posted April 1, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Been able to confirm that this bridge was built after 1919. Unfortunately, the station valuation map is too badly faded to give the rebuild date, located near the middle of the image attached below.

CN - Appleton Swing Bridge
Posted September 20, 2018, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

The bridge has not been operational for some time, limiting the size of watercraft that have been able to use the Fox Locks since they were restored. The Fox Locks Authority has announced the bridge has been repaired and the navigation channel is once again open to larger watercraft.