Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BNSF/BN/Frisco 1892 Bridge over Mississippi at Memphis, TN

(Bridge Hunter, John A. Weeks III3D Satellite)
HAER TENN,79-MEMPH,19--1 from HAER

The Harahan Bridge is the one on the right, and the one on the left is I-55.

"When built this was the most southerly bridge over the Mississippi River....Cantilevered Baltimore through truss. This bridge was built entirely of the newly developed open hearth steel." [Bridge Hunter]

Once again, we see the advantage of a cantilevered design is that the span over the navigation channel can be built without any falsework.

Bridge Hunter

Bridge Hunter

M.J. Scanlon has a 2003 Flickr photo of a BNSF train coming off the bridge. The lead engine is still in a BN livery.

M.J. Scanlon has a 2003 closeup of BNSF "cigar band" coming off the bridge.

An M.J. Scanlon 2018 photo

Jim Ammons posted
Z-ATGSBD crossing the rebuilt Frisco Bridge over Mississippi River at Memphis 3-31-17
Jim Ammons BNSF had to completely replace the bridge over land in Arkansas as the bridge piers were sinking into the dirt. The part of the bridge over the river with piers in the water is good, nothing replaced on that part of the bridge.
M.J. Scanlon Flickr 2005 Photo shows all of the Arkansas approach before its replacement including three cut-stone piers.

Randy James posted
the Frisco(bnsf) constructed in 1892 rail bridge, taken from the pedestrian walkway on the harahan constructed in 1914, rock island, mopac & cotton belt (union Pacific) bridge in west Memphis Arkansas sunset, the bridge in the background is the Arkansas-Tennessee (old bridge) i-55
Joe Dudek posted
Terry Redeker shared
[A BNSF OCS train from Topeka KS via Kansas City to the Super Bowl in Atlanta, GA with a freight on the Harahan Bridge. Jan 29, 2019]

M.J. Scanlon shared a link on 2/24/2019 to BNSF Former Springfield Division
A BNSF loaded coal, destined for the Scherer coal powered facility in Georgia, enters Memphis after crossing the overflowing Mississippi River on the Frisco Bridge. It is switching to main 2 on the Thayer South Sub. A westbound UP train is crossing into Arkansas on the Harahan Bridge. 1/18/19

M.J. Scanlon
Flood waters have consumed the low lying Arkansas side of the Mississippi River as BNSF 5402 & 8974 cross over on the Frisco Bridge in the center of this trio of bridges leading into Memphis. On the left is the Memphis-Arkansas bridge which carries Interstate 55 to and from Memphis. Union Pacific's Harahan Bridge is on the right.

M.J. Scanlon Flickr 2004 Photo

M.J. Scanlon Flickr 2006 Photo

M.J. Scanlon Flickr 2018 Photo

M.J. Scanlon Flickr 2018 Photo of the Arkansas low land trestle with concrete bents.

M.J. Scanlon Flickr 2018, probably a drone shot from over the river

BNSF 6673 | GE ES44C4 | BNSF Frisco Bridge

A BNSF manifest train makes the Mississippi River crossing on the Frisco Bridge (center bridge) as it leaves Arkansas and approaches Memphis, Tennessee. Union Pacific's Harahan Bridge above the Frisco has the MNLCN stopped partially on the structure waiting to go to CN's Harrison Yard. The Memphis-Arkansas Bridge (I-55 highway) is in the foreground.

M.J. Scanlon: high drone shot of a flooded Mississippi

M.J. Scanlon: BNSF closeup of the Arkansas side

M.J. Scanlon Flickr: BNSF intermodal train Z SBDATG7 11L comes off the Frisco Bridge, into Memphis, after crossing the Mississippi River from Arkansas.

Terry Redeker Flickr 3/7/2018 Photo, GP39-3 local over flood waters in Arkansas

Terry Redeker posted three aerial views of the flood scene by these bridges.

Redeker Rail Video & Photography posted six drone shots and an engineer's view.

Terry Redecker posted a drone photo of the BNSF OCS train heading back from the Super Bowl. It catches some of the length of the approaches on the Missouri side.

A photo and description of all three Mississippit bridges at Memphis

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