In General


In General

TEX Rail has quite a few bridges and overpasses on the line, most of which are new.  Texas spared no expense in putting a line together that saves time for it's customers, while providing the utmost in passenger safety, eliminating many grade and railroad crossings through the use of flyovers.



Over TX 114/121

GPS Coordinates: 32.929328, -97.049677

Over TX 26, Grapevine

GPS Coordinates: 32.935856, -97.062040
High side girder bridge, not especially good for street level pictures, maybe from track side shots adjacent to the bridge on embankment,
Closest place to pull over for pictures is several hundred feet in either direction, narrow sidewalk on west side only....

S Dooley St Grade Crossing, Grapevine

GPS Coordinates: 32.934334, -97.073137
This use to be a single track grade crossing. A second track was added, and across from the Grapevine station, a couple of new sidings have been added.
Before the maintenance facility was built, it looks like (if we go by the aerial views), the DMU's were parked on one of the sidings.
A set of signals was added on both tracks on the east side of Dooley St, and the grade crossing even includes pedestrian crossing gates!


pedestrian crossing gate!

Main St, Grapevine

GPS Coordinates: 32.934334, -97.073137

NOT the commuter station

Over Ira E. Woods Ave

GPS Coordinates: 32.933121, -97.081850
Brand new single track girder bridge, brand new abutments, and it looks like the street even got re-paved!

Over Big Bear Creek/South of Brumlow Ave

GPS Coordinates: 32.913995, -97.129592
Brand new single track concrete girder bridge.  Convenient parking at a nearby CVS pharmacy.
Ira E. Woods Ave changes into Colleyville Blvd at Brumlow Ave/Pool Rd....
Gee, stand in the middle of the intersection, and you have a different street name in each direction! :-)

Over Little Bear Creek/North of Precent Line Rd

GPS Coordinates: 32.882201, -97.182299
I do not know if they replaced this bridge, but judging from the work they did on the rest of the system, I'm guessing they did.
You may be able to get pictures from the Cotton Belt Trail.

Over Culvert/Amundson Dr by Simmons Rd

GPS Coordinates: 32.871870, -97.199570
Another new concrete span - it used to be a timber structure.

Over Culvert by Holliday Ln

GPS Coordinates: 32.861641, -97.217593
Yet another new concrete span - it too used to be a timber structure.
Looks like you can get good shots from the Cotton Belt Trail!

Over Culvert west of Mid Cities Blvd

GPS Coordinates: 32.858600, -97.225478
Another new concrete span that used to be a timber structure (no current picture, so I'm making an asumption).

Over I-820

GPS Coordinates: 32.840222, -97.252830
Given that TexRail has renewed all of the other bridges on the line, I have no reason to not suspect that the twin spans crossing I-820 are new, just like much of the highway underneath them!

Over Big Fossil Creek

GPS Coordinates: 32.835524, -97.258769
If the girders on this bridge were in good enough condition, they may have left this bridge alone.

Over Denton Highway

GPS Coordinates: 32.833791, -97.264178
Another steel girders bridge they may have been put into service with a minimum of work.

Old Denton Rd/T&Prr Overpass

GPS Coordinates: 32.823854, -97.282746

I have to hand the transit railroads engineers when it comes to lessening the impact for both the riders and the non-riders alike, when they go to great lengths to incorporate grade separation into their projects.  I was impressed when DART did this along their first light rail line, and either went over or under many of the main thoroughfares to keep grade crossings to a minimum.  This method has a high initial cost, but in the long run, it minimizes maintenance costs, makes trips quicker, and minimizes the chance of incursions at the grade crossings, including the of loss of life.

The tracks crossing the Cotton Belt line used to be the old Texas & Pacific.

Over Creek between Mercantile Station and Little Fossil Creek

GPS Coordinates: 32.817469, -97.298062

Over Little Fossil Creek

GPS Coordinates: 32.816183, -97.301176
More than likely, these are "before" pictures

Over Culvert/Hutchinson St/Diamond Rd

GPS Coordinates: 32.804763, -97.330124

Over 28th St at Northside Station

GPS Coordinates: 32.816183, -97.301176
One new span for TEX Rail.  Extremely rare Burlington Route logo on one of the adjacent spans - that disappeared, when, 1970?

Over West Fork Trinity River

GPS Coordinates: 32.783158, -97.334711
Brand spanking new bridge over the Trinity River, that gives us 4 spans. Texas knows how to do "stuff" right!



Whenever this aerial was taken, it looks like they just got started on clearing away land for the new bridge.

From Northside Dr, we can catch a glimpse of the completed bridge, which does in one huge span, what the railroads did in two.

For reference, once we have access to aerial views that show the new TEX Rail span, here is the second set of railroad bridges to span the area.

Yard Flyover / Cold Spring Rd

GPS Coordinates: 32.770896, -97.325891 (at Cold Spring Rd)
It looks to be in the order of 3,800 feet long, just a guess since I don't have a starting spot on the east end of it.  It goes over Cold Spring Rd and then the yard.

Over 4th St

GPS Coordinates: 32.759290, -97.320944 (at Cold Spring Rd)

Over Lancaster St / Jones St

GPS Coordinates: 32.746741, -97.322827
This bridge has been here for a while, so it is not going to look like the rest of the bridges built specifically for TEX Rail.
This bridge serves both TEX Rail and the TRE, and is located between the T&P and Ft Worth Central stations.


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