BNSF Salt Creek Bridge (Ashland, North)

Pratt Through Truss over Salt Creek
Ashland, Saunders County, Nebraska

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Name BNSF Salt Creek Bridge (Ashland, North)
Built By Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Contractor (Approach) American Bridge Company
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 460 Feet Total, 107 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Pratt Through Truss, I-Beam and Trestle
Substructure Type Timber and Steel Pile
Date Built 1906, Approaches Rebuilt 1952
Traffic Count 15 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
BNSF Bridge Number 0.59
Significance Local Significance
Incorporated in 1891, the Sioux City and Western Railway charted a number of lines in northeast Nebraska.
However, work did not start until 1905, when a 103 mile route connecting a mainline at Asland, Nebraska would be built northwards to Sioux City.
Completed in 1906, the route quickly became a part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1908.

The route served as a secondary mainline, allowing competition with other major railroads.
The CB&Q continued to operate the route until 1970, when they merged with Great Northern and Northern Pacific to form Burlington Northern Railway.

BN continued mainline operations until they were merged with Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe to form BNSF Railway.
BNSF is the current operator of this line. It remains a mainline, known as the Sioux City Subdivision.

One of a pair of truss bridges in Ashland, this structure sits just north of town.
Crossing Salt Creek, it is believed that this bridge was built in 1906 during the line build.
Consisting of a main 5-panel riveted Pratt Through Truss, the bridge is also approached by a single I-Beam and trestle spans on either side.
The bridge is typical of several built for the CB&Q during this time period. The approaches were rebuilt in 1952, due to unknown reasons. One pier was also rebuilt, likely in the 1990s.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in fair condition. The substructures are built out of both timber and steel piles.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the truss design.
The photo above is an overview. The author hopes to return soon for more photos.


Source Type


Build Date (Main Span) Based on build date of line
Build Date (Approach Span) American Bridge Company plaque
Contractor (Approach Span) American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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