Completed later that year, it set the stage for a major mainline into Oklahoma. In 1882, it was reincorporated as the Wichita & Southwestern Railway.
By 1901, this route became another railroad that would be acquired by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
ATSF would operate this as a secondary mainline, connecting Wichita to Winfield and Arkansas City.
The ATSF oftentimes found itself in financial troubles. In 1996, they merged with Burlington Northern Railroad to form BNSF Railway, the current operator of this route.
Today, the route runs between Wichita and Arkansas City, and is known as the Arkansas City Subdivision. It connects to the Red Rock Subdivision, which runs towards Dallas.
This large Pratt Through Truss is visible from US-77 just south of Winfield.
Built in 1904, this truss follows a standard design. It consists of a 6-panel, pin connected Pratt Through Truss Span. It was likely originally approached by wooden trestles.
By 1918, a road would be built under the south approach. This necessitated the installation of an I-Beam span, set onto a concrete abutment.
In 1919, a second parallel truss would be added for southbound (eastbound) track. This new truss included girder and concrete slab approaches.
By 1922/23 the original southbound trestle approaches would be replaced with deck girders and concrete slab spans. The original I-Beam span would be replaced around 1995 with modular spans.
Presently, only the northbound structure exists. It is unknown why the newer structure was removed, or if it was eventually reused at a new location.
Overall, the bridge remains in good condition. The bridge sits on concrete and concrete pile substructures. Along with Bridge #2, this is the most used bridge in Winfield.
The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the truss design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the road it crosses.
|Upstream||Winfield Rail Bridge #2|
|Downstream||Confluence with Arkansas River|