BNSF English Creek Bridge (Middle)

Through Plate Girder Bridge over English Creek
Near Harvey, Marion County, Iowa

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Name BNSF English Creek Bridge (Middle)
Built By Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Contractor (Main Span) Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 185 Feet Total, 95 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder and Trestle
Substructure Type Concrete and Timber Pile
Date Fabricated 1898
Date Erected 1916
Original Location Bridge #144.11; Lewis County, Missouri
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
Bridge Number 25.60
Significance Local Significance
Documentation Date October 2017
In 1871, the Albia, Knoxville and Des Moines Railroad built a 33 mile route between Albia and Knoxville, Iowa.
By 1880, the Des Moines & Knoxville would complete the line a remaining 32 miles to Des Moines. Both routes became part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.
CB&Q had built a number of routes throughout southern Iowa. In 1968, a new Des Moines River crossing opened near Runnells, and the CB&Q route into Des Moines was abandoned. In 1970, they merged with Great Northern and Northern Pacific to form Burlington Northern.
By 1996, the BN merged with Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe to form BNSF Railway, who currently operates this route as the Des Moines Subdivision.

Located near Harvey, this large through girder bridge is the middle crossing of English Creek.
The through girder was originally built in 1898 over a small overflow in rural Lewis County, Missouri on the mainline between Burlington and St. Louis. In 1916, the Lewis County bridge was filled, and the girder moved here. In addition, the bridge is approached by trestle on either side.
In addition, the girder also saw floor renovations in 2016, which involved replacing the stringers.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition. The piers of the bridge are unusual, as they are a shape more commonly seen on highways.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date CB&Q - Allen Moore collection - BRHS Archives
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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