The Burlington and Missouri River (B&MR), which was acquired by the CB&Q in 1872, built the original bridge in 1870. (Or 1880 [HAER-data]) The 1903 bridge was rebuilt in 1976. A photo in a Facebook posting brought these bridges to my attention. The posting explains that the new bridge handles loaded trains and the old one handles empties. The 1903 Bridge Hunter posting has a lot of photos of the new one as well as of the old one since they are next to each other.
I like this view because the man standing on the girder part on the Nebraska side shows the scale of the bridge. The length of the through-truss span over the navigation channel for both bridges is 400 feet.
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|Samuel Brodersen posted|
An empty coal train from Council Bluffs, IA races into the setting sun on approach to the Missouri River bridge in Plattsmouth, NE. Taken on 12/8/18.
Erich Houchens Train is crossing the new Missouri River bridge that BNSF built a few years ago. The old original CB&Q bridge is on the left. All coal, grain and Amtrak trains must use the new bridge as the old bridge is now restricted to general freight and empties. The train pictured is on the main with the siding (about nine thousand feet) on the old bridge. For some strange reason BNSF didn't bother to connect up CP Plattsmouth and CP Pacific Jct. which really would have helped through put on the Creston subdivision. This would have made total sense as loads would have gone up No.2 track Oreapolis to Balfour over the new bridge and empties would have run No.3 track Balfour to Oreapolis over the old bridge. Remembering my Nebraska division Omaha desk days ….
Josh Job They have been building an overpass just to the east of east river that gets rid of one of the major x'ings there. The rumor is that BNSF is paying for it so that they can extend the 2 mains from West P. Jct to East River or at least over halfway, to allow more trains to be parked and moved off the Napier and Council Bluffs subs as well as allowing more room at the bottom of Balfour hill.
osh Job Being a conductor that regularly traverses this area, I hope they do it. I also hope that they find a way to extend from West River to CP Plattsmouth. It'll be difficult since it's in the side of a huge hill with houses and building nearby, but if the railroad wants to accomplish something, they'll find a way.
Erich Houchens Josh Job Looking at Google Maps I see it's just over 3000 feet between South River and Plattsmouth. It looks like the Main Street underpass is wide enough for two tracks. Yes I does look like some dirt work is needed on the curve just east of Plattsmouth. Closing this gap as well as the North River to Pacific Jct. gap would give you a 20 mile stretch of two main track between Oreapolis and Balfour. This would have been very welcome during my Omaha Desk days as I frequently had west bounds sitting at PJ waits for slow coal trains grinding up hill. Of course with the decline in the number of coal fired power plants I wonder what the traffic levels are these days on the Creston subdivision.
|Is Anand shared|
Rob Nichols Shots taken with a long lens compresses the perspective. That "S" curve would have been built to accommodate whatever track speed was desired through the area of the new bridge.
|Paul Yakob commented on Is' share|
Crossing the Missouri River
|Jeff Lewis posted|
From the files of the anonymous bridge inspector (ABI) comes this gopher's eye view.
"This (Pin Connected Truss) Baltimore truss and (PCT) Baltimore deck truss in the photo are over the Missouri River in Plattsmouth Nebraska. The newer bridge was built in 2011 in anticipation of the original bridge, now a siding with 100 ton weight restrictions, we're to be torn down."Bob Mason: Drove by this numerous times when I lived in Omaha. I met one of the BNSF's track inspectors and asked him about the old bridge and he said they decided to keep it as a siding because they could still run empty coal trains and empty grain trains across it. This crossing is still a bottleneck for the BNSF because there are short single track sections on both sides.
|Don Wetmore shared|
Amtrak #6 the California Zephyr in the deep cut at Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Photo by Don Wetmore on March 13, 1994
|Don Wetmore shared|
Amtrak #6 the California Zephyr exits the deep cut at Plattsmouth, Nebraska to cross the Missouri River. Before they dug the cut there was a sharp curve at the end of the bridge and the tracks ran on the far side of the bluff at left. Photo by Don Wetmore on March 13, 1994
Cate Kratville-Wrinn: Love this too! I used to own the Plattsmouth toll bridge behind it. My great grandpa built it.
|Don Wetmore commented on his post|
That's the original route. You can see both on Google.
|Dennis DeBruler commented on Don's comment|
Thanks for the correction. I will update my notes on this bridge. The 1969 and 1975 maps also show the old route.
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|Dennis DeBruler commented on Tim's post|
I didn't realize until I watched this video that they also had to build a massive retraining wall for the second track.