Friday, December 2, 2016

UP/RI+MP+SSW Harahan Bridge over Mississippi

(Bridge Hunter, no Historic Bridges, John Weeks IIISatellite)
Jim Henneberger posted
Memphis too
Randy James also posted
Otto Perry photo, Bill Pollard collection
RI 2696 eastbound coming off the Harahan Bridge into Memphis, June 1950
John A. Weeks III
The photo above is looking west from the riverbank on the Memphis side of the river from between the Harahan and Frisco railroad bridges. This is a rarely seen view of the Harahan Bridge given that it is difficult to access this location.
The bridge was built between 1914 and 1916. "A 14 foot wide roadway was hung off of each side of the railroad bridge. This allowed highway traffic to use the Harahan Bridge from 1917 to 1949. The highway lanes were removed after the new US-40 bridge opened (later to become the I-55 bridge)." [Weeks] The dream of building a trail across an old highway lane was realized October 22, 2016.

Update:
James Adams posted
Westbound Rock Island train to cross the Harahan Bridge, a Frisco train came across the Mississippi River on the Frisco Bridge.March 1975. Kodachrome slide by Steve Forrest.
Fred Meek Trains are westbounds. Picture is looking east into Memphis.
John Matrow The roadways on the Harahan have been converted to bicycle pedestrian. This is why UP 844 came to Memphis.
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Randy James posted
1975 slide photo of "Rock Island with SOUTHERN run through power pulling freight westbound over a swollen Mississippi river ," Harahan Bridge, leaving Memphis, Tennessee.
Taken on April 12, 1975
Michael Bandy Standing on the frisco bridge!
Thomas Cobb Nice was going to ask if someone had pics of that bridge they are in the works on rebuilding it both just was there last week.
Steve Forrest posted
I'm scanning slides when I really ought to be out mowing the yard, but this is a lot more fun. Here's Rock Island train #31 leaving Memphis (the head end is now in Arkansas) crossing the Mississippi River on the Harahan Bridge in January 1974. GP40 #4710 leads the way.
Kodachrome by Steve Forres
tSteve Forrest This is the jointly operated Harahan Bridge - Cotton Belt, Rock Island, and Missouri Pacific (now all UP of course). The RI came to Memphis well before the MP-TP merger, so that would not have had anything to do with RI operations in Memphis since this bridge was completed in 1916.Raymond Hill That was the Sou connection run thur.Steve Forrest BNSF uses the single track Frisco Bridge which is next over to the south (to the right in this photo).Jim Henneberger I detoured over the Frisco bridge one time. I had 3 SD40's and our pilot had us take one off line,said they were afraid 3 of them would pull the bridge down! Don't know if he was full of BS or full of something else.Steve Forrest The Frisco bridge did indeed have some locomotive restrictions on it at one time - I think they did some steelwork on it back in the 80's that eased that some.

Steve Forrest posted
I'm riding the second engine of an eastbound Rock Island train about to enter the superstructure of the Harahan Bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis. On this date in July 1973 we were led by engine 1317, a GP9.
Kodachrome by Steve Forrest
William Bethurem Looks like the old Auto Bridge just to the right, can you imagine driving across that way back in the day ( or night for that matter)....?Bill Pollard The bridge to the right is the Frisco [now BNSF] bridge, but the outrigger framework to the right of track on the Harahan bridge is the old auto bridge westbound lane. A lane hung off each side of the Harahan, abandoned after the "new" automobile bridge was opened in the 1950s, but now to be revived as a bicycle path across the Mississippi.
Randy James posted
rock island, Memphis Tennessee to tucumcari new Mexico through freight, at 800 plus miles trip, passes over old man river (harahan bridge) into West Memphis Arkansas, 1970, Steve forest photo.
Rick Smith commented on Randy James posting (Randy's photo is at the top of this posting)
James Torgeson That's a stout looking bridge!Rick Smith ..One of the most stout bridges in the state of Tennessee, although perhaps not as much so as are many other RR bridges such as the one at Thebes IL or the one at Sibley MO. What makes it so odd looking is partly due to the reverse-truss portal design, which gives it that gigantic "Flat Face" look.

Harahan Bridge, during the Big River Parkway Trail groundbreaking, Nov 2014

[photo - courtesy, Michael G. Lander]



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