Last Update:  February 19, 2005
The following pictures are of active railroad bridges and trestles, taken by me, in my search for
abandoned and historical railroads.   More photos and information can be found on my main
abandoned and historical railroad page, linked below.
Note about the bridge dates:   The build dates are of the construction of the original structure.  In many cases, the original
structure was rebuilt or even entirely replaced.  Especially wood bridges or if the roadways underneath were widened.  However, even
rebuilt or replaced structures are quite old and many metal structures are original.  Some dating as far back as the 1800s.
All Photos were taken by Brian McCamish unless otherwise noted.
Location:  Crooked River Gorge, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific/BNSF - Years: 1910-current Photo: 7/2004

One of the highest active railroad bridges in the world.  The Crooked River bridge
is over 300 feet high.   Sheer cliffs drop straight down on either end of the bridge
making this one of the most scenic railroad bridges I've seen.
Location:  Madras, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific/BNSF - Years: 1910-current Photo: 7/2004

This huge viaduct trestle, bridges the gap of a wide deep canyon just outside of
the Madras, Oregon.    This trestle is very old but still serves very heavy daily
trains from both the UP and the BNSF.
Location:  Reedsport, Oregon - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1914-current
Photo: 52004

Another swing bridge built on the same line as the above Coos Bay bridge.  
This bridge along with the other swing bridges on the line are also in need of
upgrading due to very poor maint. from the prior owners, Southern Pacific.  
Check out my CORP page for more pics.
Location:  Florence, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1914-current
Photo: 5/2004

The 3rd of the three largest swing bridges on the Eugene to Coos Bay
Southern Pacific branch, now operated by CORP.    All three of these bridges
are extremely historical and interesting engineering pieces.   
Check out my CORP page for more pics.
Location: Oregon - Status:  Partly active
Railroad:  Portland & Western - Years: 1897- current
Photo: 4/2003

Originally used by the Portland Spokane & Seattle RR, it is now leased by the
Portland & Western.  This bridge is one of several extremely old manually
operated swing bridges that appears to be original and in good working
condition.  This line runs between Portland and Astoria but is rarely used.
Check out my Abandoned Kerry Railroad page for more pics.
Location: Sherwood, OR  - Status:  Semi-Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western  - Years: 1886-current
Photo: 3/2004

A very old wooden trestle near Sherwood, OR.  Originally built and used by the
Southern Pacific, it is now leased by the Portland & Western, although not
commonly used.   This trestle may have been rebuilt sometime after 1872.
More info on my
Portland and Western Page.
Location: Newberg, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western  - Years: 1886-current
Photo: 3/2004 (w/train - 11/2004)

A very old wooden trestle near Newberg, OR.  Originally built and used by the
Southern Pacific, it is now leased by the Portland & Western almost daily.  This
trestle may have been rebuilt sometime after 1872.
More info on my
Portland and Western Page.
Location: Sherwood, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western  - Years: 1872-current
Photo: 3/2004

A very old wooden trestle near Whiteson, Oregon.  This is also a very long
wooden trestle that crosses the Yamhill River.  There is evidence it was rebuilt
sometime after 1880, but still many decades ago.
More info on my
Portland and Western Page.
Location: near Forest Grove, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western  - Years: 1870s-current
Photo: 3/2004

A an old wooden trestle south of Forest Grove.   Originally owned by Southern
Pacific on the line that ran between Forest Grove and St. Joseph.  The line was
cut back the Stimpson Mill, north of Gaston in the 1990s.    This train is heading
to the mill to drop off empty cars.
Location: near Toledo, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western - Years: 1890s-current
Photo: 4/2004

A very historic bridge, originally owned by Southern Pacific it's now leased by
the P&W to exclusively run traffic to and from the Toledo paper mill.  Note
Tunnel #24 just before the bridge.   The original bridge collapsed in 1895.  The
current structure replaced it and is extremely old and rickety today.
Location: near Noti, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific  - Years: 1914-current
Photo: 5/2004

This is very old original trestle located on the CORP line between Eugene and
Florence.   It appears to be rather poor condition, but it's actively used several
times per week.  
Check out my CORP page for more pics.
Location: near Duncan, BC  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Cowichan Valley  - Years: 1960s-current Photo: 6/2004

This narrow gauge trestle was built for the Cowichan Valley RR located at the
BC Forest Museum near Duncan, BC (Vancouver Island).   The railroad is a
short passenger excursion line that was built around the 1960s.  Pictures
taken by my wife Jen, while riding in the back of a gas powered rail car.
Location: North of Buxton, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Port of Tillamook Bay RR  - Years: 1920s-current
Photo: 4/2003

Part of the large trestle structure crosses Hwy 47, before heading up and over
the beautiful Oregon Coast Range.   One interesting aspect of this trestle is
there are no escape platforms making it particular dangerous to walk on.
Location: East of Oakridge, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific  - Years: 1912-current
Photo: 5/2004

A large viaduct trestle that crosses Hwy 58, east of Oakridge, OR.  From here
trains climb up and over Willamette Pass, where they pass through about 18
tunnels and climb about 2200 feet before reaching the other side of the pass.
Location: Kirk, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific - Years: 1923-current  Photo: 5/2004

This might seem like a small insignificant bridge, but until it was built in 1923,
there was no central Oregon RR connection between the north and the south.   
This structure was rebuilt in the 1950s.  Note the cut off pilings from the
original structure.
Location: Bonneville, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific  - Years: ?-current Photo: 9/2001

This is a fairly old structure, located over Eagle Creek, is on the busy UP
mainline that runs along the south bank of the Columbia River from Portland to
the east.
Location: Wyeth, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific  - Years: ?-current  Photo: 9/2001

This bridge is located east of the above mentioned bridge.  It's not particularly
significant, but I like how the Columbia Gorge sunset photo came out.   Note
how a railroad maint. vehicle bridge is incorporated into the RR bridge.
Location: near Toledo, OR  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western  - Years: 1886-current
Photo: 3/2004

These two very old bridges on the Portland and Western Toledo branch.  I
caught these pictures while chasing the Toledo Hauler.   The line dates back to
1886.  While I'm sure these bridges were later rebuilt, they are still very old.
A little more on my
Yaquina Railroad page.
Location: Auburn, CA  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Union Pacific - Years: 1900s-current  Photo: 2/2004

This bridge is unique in that it didn't originally have the huge overbuilt under
bridge truss when constructed prior to the building of I-80 through  Auburn.  
When the freeway was built, this huge structure was added under the bridge
to support the long span of the bridge going over the highway.  More pics on
my
Mt. Quarries Railroad Page.
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Location: near Morton, WA  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Mt. Rainer Scenic RR - Years: ? - current  
Photo: 42002

This trestle was recently rebuilt when I saw it in 2002.   It's located on the
Morton branch of the Mt. Rainer Scenic RR, which is actually owned by the City
of Tacoma and city owned Tacoma Rail.
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Location: Duncan, BC  - Status:  Active
Railroad:  E&N (VIA Rail) - Years: 1900s - current  Photo: 6/2004

I spotted this neat looking bridge near Duncan, BC.   It's on the old E&N line, but
today is only used for passenger traffic using RCD-1 powered coaches.   I'm
not exactly sure of the build date, but the railroad dates to the 1880s and the
bridge style appears to be that old.  Check out my related
E&N ABandoned Russell Roundhouse page. for more pics
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Location: Buxton, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Port of Tillamook Bay - Years: 1920s - current
Photo: 7/2004

This trestle is located on a gated off logging road near Buxton, Oregon.   
Originally built for the Southern Pacific Tillamook branch, it's now owned by
the Port of Tillamook Railroad.   Note how the logging road goes under the
bridge.  That's the logging crew coming down the road to chase me out and
lock the gate.
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Location: Foster, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Albany & Eastern - Years: 1945 - current
Photo: 7/2004

This trestle crosses Hwy 20, in Foster, Oregon on the ex-Oregon-Electric/BNSF
branch line.   This line ends at a mill just to the right of the trestle.  The bridge
is only as old as the mill, which I believe dates to WW2.  Visit my
Albany & Eastern RR Page for more info.
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Location: Hood River, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Mt. Hood Railroad - Years: 1906 - current
Photo: 9/2004

This is one of the most significant trestles on the Mount Hood Railroad
shortline.   It's just south of Hood River, OR and crosses the Hood River.  The
steel structure appears to be 1906 original, while many of the wood pilings
were recently replaced with new steel pilings.  Check out my
Mount Hood
Railroad Page.
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Location: near Prineville, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  City of Prineville RR - Years: 1918 - current
Photo: 9/2004

This is one of only two significant bridges on the City of Prineville Railroad.  The
railroad dates to 1918, but I'm not exactly sure when this bridge was built to
allow the road to pass under the railroad.  
Check out my
City of Prineville Railroad Page.
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Location: near Newberg, OR - Status:  Semi-Active
Railroad:  Portland & Western - Years: 1886- current
Photo: 3/2004

This concrete bridge likely replaced the original structure when the highway
was widened, but I'm not sure when.   Today this portion of the ex-Southern
Pacific line is leased by the P&W, but it's rarely used, because bridges several
miles to the south are in poor condition.
Check out my
Portland and Western Page.
Location: near Reedsport, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1916 - current
Photo: 8/2004

These are two seperate small bridges on the ex-Southern Pacific Coos Bay
Branch, near Reedsport, Oregon.   The line is now operated by the Central
Oregon and Pacific.  
Check out my
CORP Railroad Page.
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Location: near Ada Station, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1916 - current
Photo: 8/2004

This small bridge was originally built in 1916, but it was replaced with an
entirely new structure that you see here sometime in the 1970s or 1980s.
Check out my
CORP Railroad Page.
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Location: near Ada Station, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1916 - current
Photo: 8/2004

This bridge is one of several very long low level trestles that cross large lakes
on the ex-Southern Pacific Coos Bay Branch, now run by the Central Oregon
and Pacific.   Check out my
CORP Railroad Page.
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Location: near Ada Station, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1916 - current
Photo: 8/2004

This bridge is one of several very long low level trestles that cross large lakes
on the ex-Southern Pacific Coos Bay Branch, now run by the Central Oregon
and Pacific.   Check out my
CORP Railroad Page.
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Location: Astoria, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Astoria Riverfront Trolley - Years: 1907 - current
Photo: 6/2004

One of several trestles built along the Columbia River waterfront in Astoria in
the 1890s by the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad.  It was later taken over
by the Spokane, Portland & Seattle and then BNSF.  Today, the line within the
city is owned by Astoria.  The rest of the line from Astoria to Portland is owned
by the Portland & Western.    Check out my
Astoria Trolley Page.
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Location: Lewiston, ID - Status:  Active
Railroad: Camas Prairie Railroad - Years: 1906-current
Photo: 8/2004

A large multi-span bridge over the Clearwater River, near Lewiston, Idaho.  The
line used be operated by the Union Pacific/BNSF, but is now operated by
the Camas Prairie Railroad.
Location: Lewiston, ID - Status:  Active
Railroad: Camas Prairie Railroad - Years: 1906-current
Photo: 8/2004

A large multi-span bridge over the Clearwater River, near Lewiston, Idaho.  The
line used be operated by the Union Pacific/BNSF, but is now operated by
the Camas Prairie Railroad.  The center drawbridge was added in 1974, likely
replacing the original swing span bridge.
Location: near Pedee, ID - Status:  Active
Railroad: St. Maries Railroad - Years: 1909-current
Photo: 8/2004

This ex-Milkaukee bridge was built in 1909 to cross the Benewah Lake in
between Pedee and St. Maries.    The western half has an upgrade.  There's a
tunnel at the east end.  Today the bridge is used by the St. Maries RR.  Check out
my
Idaho Railroad Page.
Location: Coos Bay, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: CORP - Years: 1916-current
Photo: 11/2004

This bridge used to be a swing bridge but appears to have recently been rebuilt
and replaced with a fix steel plate girder bridge.  Check out my
CORP page
for more info.
Location: St. Joseph, OR - Status:  Semi-Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1880-current
Photo: 11/2004

This bridge and a few miles of track are all that is left of the ex-Southern Pacific
St. Joseph branch, a few miles from McMinnville.  The original span dates to the
late 1800s.  This span was probably built sometime in the 1950s or 60s when
the highway was widend . Visit my
Portland & Western Page.
Location: St. Joseph, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1906-current
Photo: 11/2004

This very old and historical trestle is located several miles east of McMinnville,
Oregon. Visit my
Portland & Western Page. for more info and pictures.
Location: St. Joseph, OR - Status:  Semi-Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1880-current
Photo: 11/2004

This very old and historical structure is located just east of the Cascade Steel
Mill in McMinnville, Oregon.  Visit my
Portland & Western Page .for more info
and pictures.
Location: Newberg, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1880-current
Photo: 7/2004

This old structure was originally built in the 1880s.  It's been rebuilt several
times, including in the 1990s, when the steel center span was added.   Visit my
Portland & Western Page .for more info and pictures.
Location: Bower's Junction, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1911-current
Photo: 10/2004

A very old and very spectacular trestle near Bower's Junction.   Visit my
Portland & Western Page .for more info and pictures.
Location: Cornelius, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1880-current
Photo: 4/2004

A medium size trestle between Hillsboro and Cornelius, Oregon.   Visit my
Portland & Western Page .for more info and pictures.
Location: Bower's Junction, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: 1911-current
Photo: 10/2004

A smaller, but also older, trestle near Bower's Junction.   Visit my
Portland & Western Page .for more info and pictures.
Location: Cottage Grove, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: CORP - Years: 1920s-current
Photo: 12/2003

This bridge is over the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, in Cottage Grove.
Check out my
Central Oregon & Pacific Page for more info.
Location: Milwaulkie, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad: Oregon Pacific - Years: ?-current
Photo: 1/2005

This bridge over Johnson Creek on the Oregon Pacific RR, is the beginning of a
short mill spur in Milwaulkie, OR.  Check out my
Oregon Pacific Railroad Page
for more info.
Location: Newberg, OR - Status:  Semi-Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: ?-current
Photo: 1/2005

This is one of several large trestles over Rex Hill.  This section of line is
semi-closed, with very few trains running over Rex Hill nowadays.   For more
info and pics, check out my
Portland & Western RR Page.
Location: Newberg, OR - Status:  Semi-Active
Railroad: Portland & Western - Years: ?-current
Photo: 1/2005

This is one of several large trestles over Rex Hill.  This section of line is
semi-closed, with very few trains running over Rex Hill nowadays.   For more
info and pics, check out my
Portland & Western RR Page.
Location: Willamina, OR - Status:  Closed
Railroad: Fort Hill Lumber Co. - Years: 1922-current
Photo: 1/2005

This trestle belongs to the Fort Hill Lumber Co, which purchased the Willamina
& Grand Ronde RR  in 1995 and contracted out to the
P&W to operate the line to
it's mill in Fort Hill.  The Fort Hill mill closed in 2004 and so did this line.   For more
info and pics, check out my
Willamina & Grand Ronde RR Page.
Location: Vancouver, WA - Status:  Active
Railroad: BNSF - Years: 1910-current
Photo:12/2005
T
his huge double track swing bridge was built in the early 20th century for the
Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway. Today it's owned by the BNSF and used by
them, the UP, and Amtrak as the main Columbia River crossing into Portland,
Oregon from Washington.  For more info and pics, check out
my
Willamina & Grand Ronde RR Page.
If anyone has any further information on any of the above pictured bridges that you'd like to
share, you can
Email me anytime.  Thanks.
Copyright © 2004, 2005 Brian McCamish,  All Rights Reserved

Note about the photos on this site:
Most photos were taken by me, except for those that are otherwise indicated.   I usually allow people to use my photos for personal use or
websites.  Simply
Email me.   I may not have authority to grant permission regarding some photos that were only loaned to me by others
specifically for this website.   
Location:  Coos Bay, Oregon - Status:  Active/Undergoing Rebuild
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1914-current
Photo: 6/2004

The longest swing railroad bridge in the U.S.  This bridge was built in 1914 by
Southern Pacific.  Today it's still active, but the bridge is very deteriorated.  It's
currently owned by the Port of Coos Bay and about 7 million dollars has been
allocated to rebuild the bridge.  Thankfully, this historic structure will remain in
service for many more years.  
Check out my CORP page for more pics.
Location: near Reedsport, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1916 - current
Photo: 8/2004

These are two seperate small bridges on the ex-Southern Pacific Coos Bay
Branch, near Reedsport, Oregon.   The line is now operated by the Central
Oregon and Pacific.  
Check out my
CORP Railroad Page.
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Location: Ada Station, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Central Oregon & Pacific - Years: 1916 - current
Photo: 8/2004

This bridge is one of several very long low level trestles that cross large lakes
on the ex-Southern Pacific Coos Bay Branch, now run by the Central Oregon
and Pacific.  This ex-wood piling trestle was entire rebuilt using steel and
concrete in the mid 1970s.    Check out my
CORP Railroad Page.
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Location: Astoria, OR - Status:  Active
Railroad:  Astoria Riverfront Trolley - Years: 1907 - current
Photo: 6/2004

One of several trestles built along the Columbia River waterfront in Astoria in
the 1890s by the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad.  It was later taken over
by the Spokane, Portland & Seattle and then BNSF.  Today, the line within the
city is owned by Astoria.  The rest of the line from Astoria to Portland is owned
by the Portland & Western.    Check out my
Astoria Trolley Page.
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