Wednesday, November 2, 2016

UP/CGW Bridge of Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, IA

(Bridge Hunter, 3D Satellite)
Berne Ketchum posted
This looks like a meat train — maybe No 192? eastbound across a bridge somewhere in western Iowa, I think. Does anyone else recognize the bridge? The F units had the striping and were nice and shiny, so this must have been around 1950.
Matt Holman Eastbound at Fort Dodge- the lead tracks of the Illinois Central yard can be seen below.Matt Holman Still used daily by the Union Pacific- they operate this line from Clarion to Moorland, via Fort Dodge and Eagle Grove.
Larger piers and a truss is used over the river itself, which would be in the distance in this picture. I spotted a couple of dams in the area, so the river must descend rather rapidly through the town.

Update:
Martin Sorenson posted
"Chicago & North Western viaduct over Des Moines River near Boone, Iowa" ca. 1902. Photo by William Henry Jackson. Detroit Publishing Co.
Stephen Karlson This is the Kate Shelley bridge, now being preserved as an engineering landmark. Union Pacific put in a new bridge capable of handling two stack trains on it at speed, using parts from the Milwaukee Road bridge downriver.
A 1980 photo (source)


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