MP GP38-2 2010 Editors Pick!        
A friendly wave from MP GP38-2 2010 northbound crossing the White River at Cotter, Arkansas on July 17, 1986, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This train arrived in Cotter with the trailing UP (#903) locomotive leading. The MP GP38-2 was added to the train to help on the 1% grade north out of Cotter.

Also pictured is the bridge over the White River, approved for construction on May 25, 1903. The Army Corps of Engineers determined that the White River was a navigable stream, so a turn span 285 feet long was designed into the 1091 foot long bridge (not including the short five panel timber approaches at each end). A contract was let out to the Phoenix Bridge Company, and the materials for construction were floated up the river on steamboat-powered barges. By June 1, 1904 the bridge was in service after a minor setback on March 24, 1904 when a flash flood caused a 27 foot rise in the river washing away the false work under one of the 80 foot girder spans, dropping the span into the river. The turn span was not yet complete, lacking the turning machinery. By June 20, 1904 the turn span was completed, tested, and never turned again. The arrival of the railroad in Cotter all but killed off the river barge business. Typical power north of Cotter in MP's steam era was double-headed 2-8-0's.

Date: 7/17/1986 Location: Cotter, AR   Map Show Cotter on a rail map Views: 1765 Collection Of:   Chuck Zeiler
Locomotives: MP 2010(GP38-2)   Rolling Stock: MP Bridge_Cotte (Other/Not Listed) Author:  Chuck Zeiler
MP GP38-2 2010
Picture Categories: Scenic,Bridge,Action This picture is part of album:  Missouri Pacific Railroad
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Olaf Junges General Nice location, great shot! 11/3/2010 3:11:18 PM
George Redmond General I agree, Great shot. 11/7/2010 8:09:04 PM
Jim Satterwhite General A well deserved Editor's Pick. Nice work. 11/7/2010 10:59:21 PM
Rick Erben General Very fine picture and narrative, Chuck; as well as depicting an interesting stretch of railroad. 11/8/2010 8:51:52 AM
Bernie Feltman General Very nice, Chuck 11/9/2010 3:08:27 PM
David Stewart General Sweet, Very Nice! 11/9/2010 11:08:22 PM
Terry Redeker General Awesome!!! 11/10/2010 1:30:06 AM
Jim Matuska General Nice wave! Sweet shot! 11/23/2010 7:24:01 AM
Fred Stuckmann General Great shot and history. 12/5/2010 4:15:52 PM

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