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CN - Oshkosh Swing Bridge


Oblique View Looking Northeast

The bridge is usually parked in the open position and closed only for rail traffic. The bridge is operated from a CNRR control center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2009


BH Photo #139497


Street View 


Lattice through truss bridge over Fox River on Canadian National Railway
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1899, Replaced by New Bridge 2013
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Total length: 480.0 ft.
Also called
CNW - Fox River Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.01199, -88.53338   (decimal degrees)
44°00'43" N, 88°32'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/377086/4874347 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38711 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • May 29, 2013: New photos from Daniel Duffey
  • April 6, 2013: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • November 10, 2012: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • October 5, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • October 31, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • December 2, 2009: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • May 1, 2009: New photo from J.R. Manning

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CN - Fox River Swing Bridge (Oshkosh, Old)
Posted July 9, 2014, by ArtS


I guess I'm of two minds about it. On one hand, obviously some physical components of the bridge are better than nothing. On the other hand, a 19th century bridge was lost and these bits allow those with an agenda to tout this as a preservation win.


Art S.

CN - Fox River Swing Bridge (Oshkosh, Old)
Posted July 9, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They also saved the portals of the trusses...better than nothing, right?

CN - Fox River Swing Bridge (Oshkosh, Old)
Posted July 8, 2014, by ArtS

Well, they saved the date plates and builders plaques...


CN Fox River Swing Bridge
Posted October 10, 2013, by Pat Cooney (amtrak199121 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In the November 2013 Issue of Trains Magazine it has a small byline about this bridge and shows the swing span was replaced with a Bascule-Type lift bridge.

CNW Fox River Railroad Bridge
Posted January 29, 2013, by Robert Thompson

I think this listing should be saved for the now-demolished bridge, and a new one be made up for the new replacement. Whoever gets over there first gets to do it...

CNW Fox River Swing Bridge
Posted July 14, 2011, by Andy

The entire bridge will be replaced and the new bridge will include a bascule span.

CNW Fox River Swing Bridge
Posted April 29, 2011, by CANALLER

This month's issue of Railfan & Railroad has a paragraph on this bridge. It confirms replacement is scheduled in about a year, although with a lift span instead of a swing span.

CNW Fox River Swing Bridge
Posted February 10, 2011, by gordon (ksglhuse [at] sbcglobsl [dot] net)

In 2007, CN employees I spoke to said it would be replaced nlt 2009. In 2009 and again in 2010 engineers (from SW Wisc and NE Iowa) spent several weeks on site surveying and doing drilling in the river and on land, adjacent to the bridge, to test footings. As recently as Feb 2011, utilities have sprayed the ground and placed flags to mark telephone lines adjactent to the bridge. Could there be work planned for 2011? If not, a lot of money and time has been spent in 2009-10 for nothing. Anyone out there know anything?

CNW Fox River Swing Bridge
Posted October 30, 2010, by Robert Thompson

Will they be replacing it with a swing span, or a fixed span? I suspect the latter; the Fox River System is becoming less accessible for navigation each decade that passes. Sad.

CNW Fox River Swing Bridge
Posted October 29, 2010, by Randall Vos (r_vos1979 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to an acquaintance of mine, the bridge is scheduled to be replaced within about two years.