Photos of railroad bridges - Illinois

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Blue Island The five bridges of Blue Island Junction are one of the most distinctive railroad landmarks in Chicago. At left, an eastbound IHB manifest trundles across the Calumet Sag Channel, while at right three UP SD70Ms power Q501 eastbound on the CSX Blue Island Sub. (April 03, 2004)

Cairo A broadside view of CNIC's long bridge over the Ohio River at Cairo, IL. The river was very swollen at the time this photo was taken, decreasing the apparent size of the bridge. (March 23, 2002)

Cairo A composite view of the bridge put together from two photos. (March 23, 2002)

Charleston This old bridge once carried Harrison Street over the Embarras River east of Charleston; a realignment of what is now called Harrison St. Road has rendered the old span obsolete. (July 11, 2004)

Iroquois This rather complex bridge is just north of the KBSR's diesel shop in Iroquois, IL. Looking to the south, there's a two-span deck girder, a wooden trestle, a through truss with deck girder approach spans, and finally another wooden trestle (the middle of the last three piers supported an old, no-longer-existing span). (October 06, 2001)

Metropolis Looking north onto CNIC's massive Ohio River bridge at Metropolis. Note how the approach grade ends at the joint between the second and third spans. A telephoto view along the gage emphasizes just how massive the bridge is in the vertical dimension; the seven-span structure reaches nearly 3,500' in length. (March 23, 2002)

Oakland These two photos depict the main spans of the old Pennsy bridge spanning the Embarras River just west of Oakland. The Pennsy line connected Paris and Decatur with the "Vandalia" mainline at Farrington. Today, the bridge is rusting away alongside IL-133. (July 11, 2004)

Oakland The Eastern Illinois Railroad crosses the Embarras River southwest of Oakland on this impressive bridge, viewed here from the south side of the east abutment. The bridge is located at MP 307.0 of the old Clover Leaf (later Nickel Plate) line between Toledo and St. Louis. Two more spans are hidden beyond the tall tree at left. (July 11, 2004)

Thebes The St. Louis & Southwestern ("Cotton Belt," now UP) crossed the Mississippi River at Thebes, IL with this unique cantilever structure. The bridge, opened in 1905, has five main spans comprising a length of 2,750', along with 490' of concrete arch approaches on the west bank and 325' on the east bank. (March 23, 2002)

Thebes A view of one of the east approach piers from ground level. (March 23, 2002)

Woodland This pin-connected truss carries CR 2100 East over Sugar Creek just north of the town of Woodland. (June 05, 2003)