|May 2006 (38.985 Degrees, -110.150 Degrees) Green River Bridge|
I'm not sure what the first railroad bridge across the Green River was like. However, there are a dozen photos taken by George Edward Anderson of a four span through truss bridge being built around 1900 on the Brigham Young University Library Website. The current Elgin Bridge is a three span Warren truss bridge with the truss panels subdivided with vertical members in order to carry bigger loads. According to The Bridge Hunter, this bridge is composed of three 170 ft spans for a total length of 510 ft. It's only 18 ft wide and sits on masonry piers and seat-type abutments. I couldn't find when the current bridge was built or if they ever moved the tracks. I have a vague memory of the tracks being moved at some point, but maybe I'm confused.
The tracks are owned by the Union Pacific and used by Amtrak's California Zephyr, which takes three days to go from Emeryville, California to Chicago, Illinois. I've taken this trip in a sleeper car and it's a very nice experience.
Utah's Bridges: Elgin Bridge over the Green River by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.