Mar 31, 2021
I am thinking perhaps Google Earth would help you pin down a few locations?
Not sure I want to dedicate that much time. There's are a whole bunch of rail bridges across the Upper Mississippi.
Here's a photo of a line exiting a tunnel, on the flat for 100 yards while crossing another rail line, then entering the bridge. After the bridge it hangs a hard left into town while paralleling the River. The amount of rail traffic, of different companies, on the Upper River was amazing.
Wow, that's 3 rail lines, plus the one your on!
Nope, just three. Hope you can forgive me, but I was on a boat.
That looks like it could be at East Dubuque, IL.
Quite Possible. Google Maps shows rail lines that have similar routing, though offers no satellite view. Above St. Louis, every community/town/city seemed to blur into the next. I didn't realize there was so much industry and economy so closely packed along the River. It was overwhelming for someone growing up in forested rural New York and New Hampshire, now living in south Mississippi equally rural and forested. Thanks.
Some old trestle bridges.
The above was originally Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific but is now used by the regional "Farmrail".
Some other classic bridges to look at are; "The Bridge on the River Kawi" '57, "The Bridge at Remagen" '69, "A Bridge Too Far" '77, "Bridge to Terabithia" '07 and last but not least the "Bridge of Spies" '15.
It is, and here's a railfan perspective on that spot, from none other than Mike Danneman: https://flic.kr/p/2kJQczM
That's a great photo. Beautiful detail which mine doesn't have. Thanks Hemi.
Another old bridge manufacture.
Descriptive catalogue of wrought-iron bridges.. 1874
by Keystone bridge company, Pittsburgh
Here's another one in the state of Maine. The North Anson Railroad Bridge.
Looks like a great place to combine train watching and fishing. Nice.
Unless a bear chases you across the bridge!
Movables bridges by Hovey, Otis Ellis, 1864-1941
Publication date 1926
The designing of draw-spans 1898
by Wright, Charles Herbert, 1857- [from old catalog]
An elementary and practical treatise on bridge building 1873
by Whipple, S
There, now I'm heading out to my back yard to start building!
There are some great railroad bridge photos on this NY public library digital collection site.
A few more from the collection.
I live in grizzly country, and do carry spray with me whenever out into more rural lands.
Dale Creek, WY on the original UP route to Sherman Hill summit. The ROW has been since relocated, but the foundations for this mighty trestle remains.
Around 2 miles from the current ROW, you can find the ghost of the mighty trestle: https://goo.gl/maps/W9gLWaxQe11MaeBN8
How do you tell the difference between a Black Bear and a Grizzly Bear?
With the bear chasing you, climb up a tree.
If the bear comes up after you, it is a Black Bear.
If it knocks the tree down, it is a Grizzly.