Kansas City Southern 4100 Eastbound Over the Mississippi River

After finishing up seminars in Alabama and Mississippi this week, I stayed over in Vicksburg before heading north and snagging some Mississippi River bridges on the way home. I've already photographed this bridge last summer, but I thought I'd try for some early morning light shots before departing. When I got there, the light really wasn't that special (for the bridges), but then I spotted the lights of this locomotive coming on to the bridge on the west side. I ran (well, I walked fast) down to a better spot to catch the train coming off of the bridge and managed to squeeze off a few shots. Railroad bridge shots are nice. Railroad bridge shots with a train are way better.


The Old Vicksburg Bridge is a cantilever bridge carrying one rail line (Kansas City Southern Railway) across the Mississippi River between Delta, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Until 1998, the bridge was open to motor vehicles and carried US 80 across the Mississippi River, though one road lane runs through the bridge for inspection by workers. Wikipedia


More information here.


Between Vicksburg, Mississippi and Delta, Louisiana, taken from Vicksburg.


Here's a shot from pretty much the same spot.


January 2009



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  • luxomni PRO 7y

    The light "wasn't Special"? The light is gorgeous.
  • Jim Frazier PRO 7y

    It wasn't special for the bridges - I should clarify that. For this, yeah!
  • vidular PRO 7y

    Excellent, golden light spot on the engine! Very nice.
  • Mark Kinsman PRO 7y

    Very nice! Great perspective on the train.
  • Eric VK Photography 7y

    Great shot. It's nice to see the KCS. The flag up top is a nice bonus too!
  • contemplative imaging 7y

    Now that's a fantastic image. Well worth the effort.
  • luxomni PRO 7y

    Wikipedia says that the bridge is only open for maintenance? Looks open to me.

    So KCS is running now? Or maybe just trackage rights. It has been almost 40 years since I rode a passenger train across it from Jackson to Shreveport, but I thought I was on the ICG (if not the Toonerville trolley). I know it was ICG Chicago to Jackson, and T&P Shreveport to Leesville, LA (Ft. Polk), but this one? Engine and one car. No A/C. Snacks were a young boy with a tray hanging around his neck - got on in one town rode to the next. Candy, chips and warmish off-brand soft drinks. Conductor got out at a crossing to swing a gate to open our route and block the other. And then reverse it after we passed through. Vicksburg was the first place I ever saw kudzu and it was eating one of the railroad maint buildings near the station and a couple of trees. And this bridge.
    Next day - Vietnam era basic training. Damnedest things this kid had ever seen.
  • Jim Frazier PRO 7y

    The other link says (as is obviously the case) that KCS still runs across the bridge - the road is open to maintain the bridge and the right of way.
  • Chris May PRO 7y

    An absolute stunner, Jim. Well done!
  • ACL 501 7y

    Thats a wonderful shot, def a fav :-)
  • Lyle PRO 7y

    Nicely done.
  • Alder Ahlvin PRO 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vicksburg, Mississippi, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    This would be a great addition to the group.
  • Bill Meier PRO 6y

    Nice vertical one.
  • mollybarr 4y

    I remember crossing that old bridge in the 1960's on way back from Texas.
    It was so narrow but beautiful.
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