The Gregarious Railfan
Railroad Bridges
Burlington Iowa Rail Bridge
Clik Image for larger view
"Burlington Lift Span Open" by Bigal888 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -
GPS:  N 40.79778, W 91.09420

Scanner:  BNSF 161.160 [70]

Railroad:  BNSF Nebraska Division, Ottumwa Sub  

Railfan Access:  Not Great

Description:  The Burlington Bridge is a vertical-lift railroad bridge across the across the Mississippi River between
Burlington, Iowa, and Gulf Port, Illinois, United States. It is currently owned by BNSF Railway and carries two tracks
which are part of BNSF's Chicago–Denver main line. It is the third bridge that has existed at the same location. The
first, a single-track bridge that opened in 1868, and the second, a double-track bridge built in 1893, were swing
bridges. The 1893 bridge was replaced in 2009–2011 by the current structure, which uses a vertical-lift span instead of
a swing span. The line and the earlier bridges were originally part of the network of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy
Railroad, commonly known as the Burlington Route, but became part of Burlington Northern Railroad in 1970 and later
BNSF. Amtrak's California Zephyr crosses this bridge.
Bing map Aerial View (Bird's Eye view shows the old Bridge)
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Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from the internet.  I would welcome pictures, additions, or
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