Massive Abandoned Through-Truss Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Bridge and Trestle Over the Maple River - Lyra (Good Thunder), MN - October 22nd, 2011

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mnragnar on November 16, 2011

I believe the following postcards display the current bridge's predecessor. Clearly a different structure but the location and diagonal installation look the same. (Note the improvised foot bridge running parallel to the RR bridge.)

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/blue,2473

http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/blue,2031

mnragnar on December 3, 2011

Note the asymetric end posts used to accomidate the skewed placement of this bridge. Both approaches of this bridge share this odd configuration of a vertical end post on the right and a diagonal end post on the left.

Train fan 1 on January 14, 2012

If I go to this bridge, will I be trespassing? How did you get back here?

mnragnar on January 14, 2012

Train fan 1, Like most of these bridges, the former rail and roadways have been abandoned and become private properties. Personally, I walked what appeared to be the property lines and followed the river edge to the bridge. Yup, on the west bank, this is someone's yard edge and he's got outbuildings and personal property all along the edge of his property. However, I think if you approach this bridge from the east side, you'll only be passing through someones farm fields instead of someone's backyard. From the east side, you may wish to use your GPS as the bridge isn't easily seen from the roadway.

Train fan 1 on January 14, 2012

Well, I'll try that. The bridge is sweet, and that's why Im interested. I will attempt shots from the west end, and if they tell me to get off their property I will.

Train fan 1 on June 11, 2012

Tried both ends. The west end is quite clearly the only possible way. The east end, I couldn't even find the railbeds! plus those weeds are neck high on me, and I'm 6' tall!

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