Current Weather Conditions
John A. Weeks III
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:59:50 PM CST
Home Photo Tours Rail Fan 12 Easy Steps
Aviation Spacecraft Highways & Bridges About The Author
 
Google Search
Maps   Groups   Images   Search
 
  Home
  • 12 Easy Steps
  • Aviation
  • Spacecraft
  • Highways & Bridges
    » Bridge Photography
      - MSP River Bridges
      - C & D Canal
      - Illinois River
      - Minnehaha Creek
      - Minnesota River
      - Mississippi River
        › Lake Itasca Area
        › Bemidji Area
        › Cass Lake - Ball Club
        › Grand Rapids Area
        › Blackberry - Crosby
        › Brainerd Lakes Area
        › Little Falls Area
        › St. Cloud Area
        › North Metro Area
        › Port Of Minneapolis
        › St. Anthony Falls Area
        › Mississippi Rvr Gorge
        › St. Paul Area
        › S St. Paul - Hastings
        › Red Wing - Winona
        › La Crosse Area
        › Lansing - Clinton
        › Quad Cities Area
        › Muscatine - Louisiana
          · Lock & Dam #16
          · Norbert F. Beckey Br
          · Lock & Dam #17
          · Keithsburg RR Br
          · Lock & Dam #18
          · Great River Bridge
          · Burlington RR Br
          · Ft Madison/Niota Br
          · Des Moines Rpds Can
          · Lock & Dam #19
          · Keokuk Municipal Br
          · Keokuk-Hamilton Br
          · Lock & Dam #20
          · Quincy Rail Br
          · Quincy Bay Rail Br
          · Quinsippi Island Br
          · The Pier Restaurant
          · Quincy Bayview Br
          · Quincy Soldier's Mem
          · Lock & Dam #21
          · Wabash Bridge
          · Mark Twain Mem Br
          · Lock & Dam #22
          · Champ Clark Bridge
          · Louisiana RR Br
          · Lock & Dam #24
          · Lock & Dam #25
          · Sandy Slough Bridge
        › St. Louis Area
        › Chester - Cairo
        › Miss - Tenn - Ark
        › Ark - Miss - Louisiana
        › Louisiana Structures
      - Missouri River
      - St. Croix River
      - St. Louis River
      - Wisconsin River
      - Best Miss River Photos
      - Cable Stayed Bridges
      - McGilvray Road Bridges
      - I-35W Bridge Disaster
      - Miscellaneous Bridges
      - Madison County Bridges
      - Hist Br Weekend 2013
    » Road Geek Topics
  • Photo Tours
  • Rail Fan
  • About The Author
 
Site Search By JRank
Highways, Byways, And Bridge Photography
Quincy Rail Bridge
BNSF Mississippi River Crossing At Quincy
Quincy, Illinois

Quincy Rail Bridge

• Structure ID:
• Location: River Mile 380.0.
• River Elevation: 470 Feet.
• Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
• Daily Traffic Count: 20 Trains Per Day (Estimated).
• Bridge Type: Steel Through Truss Main Span, Deck Truss Trestle.
• Length: 5,500 Feet Overall, 339 Foot Main Span.
• Width: 1 Track.
• Navigation Channel Width: 300 Feet.
• Height Above Water: 63 Feet.
• Date Built: Built 1960.
This bridge was built by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad as one of its two Mississippi River crossings. It is now owned and operated by the BNSF Railroad. It is used as a secondary route for Chicago to Kansas City traffic. Since traffic tends to be lighter on this route, it also tends to be used for high priority express trains.

The first crossing at this location was about 500 feet south of the current railroad bridge. Built in 1868, it had a swing span near the Missouri side of the river. That bridge was rebuilt in 1899, and it included wagon bridges hung off the sides of the rail bridges to accommodate farm traffic and automobiles. The new Quincy Soldier's Memorial highway bridge opened in 1930. The wagon bridge decks were subsequently removed from the the old railroad bridge in the early 1930s.

The current bridge was built in 1960. It follows a new alignment that angles a bit northward, and runs between 500 feet and 2000 feet north of the old railroad bridge. This bridge is interesting in that it is very high for a railroad bridge, with 63 feet of clearance between the bridge and the water. The bridge also has an unusual combination of truss sections, with most of the bridge being a series of deck trusses, while the main span is a through deck truss. At first glance, the bridge almost appears to be a lift bridge, but it is not, the sections are fixed in place. Finally, the river navigation channel was relocated to the east side of the main channel, whereas the swing span on the old bridge was on the west side of the main channel. This configuration has resulted in fewer accidents and bridge strikes.

Quincy Rail Bridge
Quincy Rail Bridge
Quincy Rail Bridge

Made With Macintosh
Authored by John A. Weeks III, Copyright © 1996—2016, all rights reserved.
For further information, contact: john@johnweeks.com