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Glasgow Railroad Bridge

Glasgow Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Missouri Department of Transportation

Bridge Documented: July 3, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Gateway Western Railroad) Over Missouri River
Glasgow: Howard County, Missouri and Saline County, Missouri: United States
Structure Type
Metal 12 Panel Pin-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Pratt Deck Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1900 By Builder/Contractor: Lassig Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
345 Feet (105.2 Meters)
Structure Length
2,434 Feet (741.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Additional History: Two deck trusses were replaced in 1993 by modern beams due to flooding.

This bridge is a massive pin-connected Parker through truss. It appears to retain good historic integrity with the exception of a few deck plate girder spans which have been replaced along with their supporting bents. 

This bridge replaced and sits on the location of one of the first two all-steel railroad bridges every built. A swing bridge of steel was erected in Chicago in the same year. This previous Glasgow Railroad Bridge was a Whipple through truss.

This bridge has not been fully photo-documented by HistoricBridges.org but photos taken by MoDOT are included on this website to document the drastically changed appearance the demolition of the historic Glasgow Bridge has had on the railroad bridge which once paralleled it. Although the new Glasgow Bridge is a stringer which would seem like it would block less of the view of the railroad bridge than the large historic truss bridge, it is clear that this is not the case. The massive, solid i-beams of the new bridge actually block the view of the railroad more completely than the truss did.


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