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Official Company Archive Photos: Bridges Page 1
This is a large collection of mainly bridge photos. Not all, but the majority of these had little typed labels stuck to the bottoms, and each said "Facilities", then a bridge number, year and location. It appears that the years may indicate when they were built... Not when the photo was taken. It's not very clear which is correct. keep in mind that this is just a small portion of the more significant bridges along the RoW. There are technically hundreds of bridges listed on the schematics of the line. These photos are not to be used in any way, without the consent of the site owner.

Subject: Bridge #209 - Eastern Sub - Jackson Street
Location: East Joliet Yard, IL
Date: 1951 Credit: "Thos A. Williams"

Notes: This is a series of photos taken while the Jackson Street overpass was rebuilt in 1951. This bridge carried the street over the south end of East Joliet Yard. This bridge has been replaced since then, buy a modern concrete type.

   

Subject: Bridge #420 - Aurora Branch - Fox River
Location: Aurora, IL
Date: 1897
Credit: N/A

Notes: The Aurora Branch was closed years ago, but this bridge still serves the RoW as of 2011, by providing a bike path crossing over the Fox River.


Subject: Bridge #421 - Aurora Branch - River Street
Location: Aurora, IL
Date: 1901
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge still exists as of 2011, as a bike path. But note that there appears to have been a wood trestle leading up to the bridge on the east side, back when this photo was taken.


Subject: Bridge #424 - Aurora Branch - Lake Street Viaduct
Location: Aurora, IL
Date: 1905
Credit: N/A

Notes: This is where Lake Street crossed over the RoW, and still does today on the bike path. Kids seem to be interested in the Photographer.


Subject: Bridge #523 - IL River Line - North of Minooka
Location: Minooka/Shorewood, IL
Date: 1908
Credit: N/A

Notes: Judging by the stamp on the bridge, this was apparently taken when it was new. This culvert is just North of what is now West Mound Rd.


Subject: Bridge #536 - IL River Line - Minooka
Location: Minooka, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This is the bridge that crosses what is now known as W. Mondamin St. Photo says: Built in 1903".


Subject: Bridge #538 - IL River Line - Minooka
Location: Minooka, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge took the EJ&E main over what was then the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific main. Photo says: "Built in 1888".


Subject: Bridge #538 1/2 - IL River Line - Minooka
Location: Minooka, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge crossed the EJ&E over what was then the Chicago, Ottawa & Peoria Railway... An interurban line. It looks as though this line ran on what is now N. Ridge Road? Photo says: "Built in 1911".


Subject: Bridge #539 - IL River Line - Mondamin Street
Location: Minooka, IL
Date: 1901
Credit: N/A

Notes: This is what it looked like where the EJ&E crossed over Mondamin St. in those days. Not sure which direction this is looking, but notice the track in the foreground. That may be an interchange track that existed between the EJ&E and Rock Island line back then.


Subject: Bridge #549 - IL River Line - Divine
Location: Divine, IL
Date: 1910
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge crosses the I&M Canal.


Subject: Bridge #552 (IL River Bridge) - IL River Line - Divine
Location: Divine, IL
Date: 1933 (Taken)
Credit: "W.A. Ziesemer"

Notes: This was the original lift bridge over the IL River. Most of this bridge was replaced in 2011. The original bridge had the distinction of being the "most struck" bridge in the US. Due to the extreme difficulty vessels had passing through it, the feds funded most of the project to replace it.


Subject: Bridge #552 (IL River Bridge) - IL River Line - Divine
Location: Divine, IL
Date: 10/2/1967 Credit: RJS?

Notes: Two nice shots from the air. The first one looks south-east. The second shot is looking north-east, with a tow boat passing through.

       

Subject: Bridge #712 (728) - Lakefront Line - Indiana Harbor Ship Canal
Location: Indiana Harbor, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This Bascule style bridge passes over the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal. It was built in 1908. The info that was on the photo called it #712, but the modern day number is 728. I don't know if it was ctually numbered that back then, or if it was a mistake. Notice the track passes through a power line tower on the other side. Info from Bob Lalich: "I think the photo was taken not long after the bridge was built. The view is more or less north and there isn't much on the other side of the canal. The canal was begun around 1902. I believe the Mark Manufacturing plant was constructed around 1917. The present day towers for the power lines are farther away from the bridge than the one seen in the photo."


Subject: Bridge #717 (739) - Eastern Sub - Wabash (NS)
Location: Gary, IN
Date: 1908
Credit: N/A

Notes: This shows the bridge near mile 44, which at the time passed over the Wabash line. The photo lists it as #717, but the modern day number is 739. As of this writing, this line is owned by NS and sees little use.


Subject: Bridge #111 - Western Sub - Poplar Creek (Side View)
Location: Spaulding, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge crosses over Poplar Creek, near mile 40. The arch design is unique for the EJ&E. The original bridge still exists as of 2011.


Subject: Bridge #111 - Western Sub - Poplar Creek
Location: Spaulding, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: A top view of the same bridge as above. Note the number sign on the right. This bridge was also a location used for a scene in the movie 'Dennis the Menace" in 1993, which involved using an EJ&E train.


Subject: Bridge #15 - Western Sub - CN&W and CMEL
Location: North Chicago, IL
Date: "1892 & 1903"
Credit: N/A

Notes: Note on the photo says: "1892 & 1903. CN&W and CMEL Ry." I'm guessing the bridge was added onto, thus the two dates? And obviously that's the two lines that it crossed at the time. This shot looks North. The UP still runs under the right side today and the left side is Sheridan Rd.


Subject: Bridge #16 - Western Sub - North Chicago
Location: North Chicago, IL
Date: "18?? & 1905"
Credit: N/A

Notes: Once again, two dates written on the photo. Not sure what that means. Today this bridge passes over Commonwealth Ave. This was at one time the North Shore rail line.


Subject: Bridge #29 - Western Sub - Upton
Location: Upton, IL
Date: 1903
Credit: N/A

Notes: This is a small bridge that runs over a creek, just North of the UP/CNW line, through an area which is now part of the Great Lakes Naval Base.


Subject: Bridge #32? - Western Sub - CM&EI?
Location: Rondout, IL?
Date: 1903
Credit: N/A

Notes: This shows the J tracks passing under what a note on the photo claims as the "CM&EI", which was eventually the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee branch to Mundelein. That line is gone now. The photo identifies this as Bridge #32, but I don't think that's correct. Looking at the bridge that remains today, the foundations are different. Also, the track is seen curving, which it does not do at that location. If anyone has any info, please email.


Subject: Bridge #32 - Western Sub - CM&EI
Location: Rondout, IL?
Date: 1913
Credit: N/A

Notes: This photo and the one below appear to be the same bridge. Combined info on the backs say: "Bridge #32. Built 1903. Chicago Milwaukee Electric overhead." These photos do match the remaining foundations for the footbridge at this location, as of 2011. This photo is looking west, towards the diamonds. You can see the tower to the left.


Subject: Bridge #32 - Western Sub - CM&EI
Location: Rondout, IL?
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: Same location as the above photo, but this is looking east. You can see the crossing sign for what is now Rockland Rd. The date on the bridge abutments is "1904". So the build date on the above photo is either a year early, or they just rounded it off to 1904 on the bridge.


Subject: Bridge #38 - Western Sub - Des Plaines River
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Date: 1911?
Credit: N/A

Notes: Photo says: "Bridge #38, East of Rondout 1911". Unclear if that is the build date or photo date. This bridge crosses the Des Plaines River, just east of S. Milwaukee Ave.


Subject: Bridge #41 - Western Sub - Big Bear Lake
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Date: 1911
Credit: N/A

Notes: Photo says: "Bridge #41, West of Leithton 1911". Unknown if that is the build date or photo date. This bridge crosses a waterway between Big Bear Lake and Lake Charles. This is on a curve in the RoW.


Subject: Bridge #87 - Western Sub - Hawthorne Lake
Location: Barrington Hills, IL
Date: 1910
Credit: N/A

Notes: Listed on photo as "Arch" bridge. This crosses the creek into Hawthorne Lake, west of Barrington, just east of Otis Rd.


Subject: Bridge #108 - Western Sub - Golf Road
Location: Shoe Factory Road Woods, IL
Date: 1901
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on the photo reads: "West of Spaulding over Hwy." Yes, this was considered a highway back in those days. This is now the Golf Rd. overpass bridge. However, it appears the bridge and buttresses were replaced eventually.


Subject: Bridge #123 - Western Sub - Illinois Central RR
Location: Pratts Wayne Woods Forest Preserve (Munger), IL
Date: 1910
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo says: "Over Illinois Central RR". This bridge is south of Stearns Rd., and still exists as it was in this photo, as of 2011. This photo appears to be looking west.


Subject: Bridge #129 - Western Sub - AE&CEI Ry.
Location: Wayne, IL
Date: 1906
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on the photo says: "Under AE&CEI Ry. - Wayne". The bridge and buttresses were removed sometime ago, as this RoW was eventually turned into a bike path. The path now descends and crosses the track at grade, just south of Army Trail Rd. The shot appears to be looking north.


Subject: Bridge 134 1/2 - Western Sub - AE&CEL RR.
Location: West Chicago, IL
Date: 1910
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Over AE&CEL RR. - West Chicago". This line was eventually turned into a bike path, and can bee seen south of Hawthorne Lane and North of the UP at West Chicago. A bridge with a more modern design replaced this original rail bridge. The buttresses were also replaced.


Subject: Bridge #156 - Western Sub - Electric Junction
Location: North of Eola, IL
Date:1901
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Over AE&C Ry - Electric Jct.". This location name on the RR is little known today. Some may assume it's due to the substation nearby, but it is actually referring to the old electric urban line that use to pass under the EJ&E here. The bridge and buttresses were removed long ago, but you can still see the depression where the line ran, which now has a bike path and power line running along the old RoW. It is located just south of Diehl Rd. Current day track schematics skip from bridge #155 1/2 to #157.


Subject: Bridge #160 - Western Sub - Eola (CB&Q/BNSF)
Location: Eola, IL
Date: 1910
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Bridge over CB&Q - Eola". It may look a lot more tame in those days, but this would eventually become the busy BN triple track main. The same bridge and buttresses exist as of 2011. This photo appears to be looking east. Note what looks to be the Photographer's ride waiting.


Subject: Bridge #177 - Western Sub - Walker
Location: Normantown/Plainfield, IL
Date: 1903
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "West of Walker". This bridge spans a small creek just north of North Van Dyke Rd. The current day bridge is a culvert style though, so it appears that the bridge in this photo was replaced at some point. Looks like there was a small farm there in the old days.


Subject: Bridge #180 - Western Sub - Dupage River
Location: Walker/Plainfield, IL
Date: 1897
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Bridge #180 (Old) - Over Dupage River". The current day bridge is a more modern girder design, which has a concrete support in the middle of the river. The note of "old" on this photo, seems to indicate that. This bridge is just north of Route 59, and the old bridge for the highway seems to be showing in the background of this photo.


Subject: Bridge 181 - Western Sub - Route 59 (Division Street)
Location: Plainfield, IL
Date: 1907
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Over Division St. - Plainfield". Yes, believe it or not, this is what Route 59 looked like back then. This shot appears to be looking north, as you can see the bridge going over the Dupage River in the background. This narrow underpass probably existed a lot longer than it should have, but the original bridge was replaced in 2001. The main spans for the new bridge were of course, brought in by rail on the EJ&E.


Subject: Bridge #185 - Western Sub - Mink Creek
Location: Lilly Cache, IL (Coynes)
Date: 1911
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on the photo reads: "Over Mink Creek - West of Coynes". The bridge looked to be fairly new at the time of this photo, though it is hard to say. Notice that the bridge was built with the ability to expand for a double main. The original bridge still exists as of 2011, just north of the 55, and I don't believe it ever did receive the second track. Coynes is another forgotten waypoint on the line, and existed near Gaylord Rd. The shot is looking north.


Subject: Bridge #197 - Western Sub - Spragues
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: 1903
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on the photo reads: "Spragues - West of Joliet". This original bridge was replaced at some point. As of 2011 there is just a basic culvert style crossing, which allows a small creek to cross under the track. The same creek continues east under the 53, then passes under the Romeoville Branch line, and that timber trestle is identified as Bridge #170B. The bridge over Route 53 is listed as Bridge #197 1/2. The name "Spragues" is no longer used, but this spot is just west of North Broadway St. (53), and east of Rockdale Jct.


Subject: Bridge #198 - Western Sub - Des Plaines River
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: 1905/1906
Credit: N/A

Notes: This is how the original bridge over the Des Plaines River looked. The bridge was replaced with the current lift bridge in 1934. This shot is looking north. On the modern day Bridge 198, the culvert that allows a road to pass under the interchange track to the BNSF is called Bridge #198A. The very next bridges to the east after the BNSF interchange track, are #198 1/2 and #199.


Subject: Bridge #198 - Western Sub - Des Plaines River
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: 1966
Credit: N/A

Notes: This shot was taken from up in the bridge structure, on the current day bridge. You can make out the control shed below.


Subject: Bridge #201 - Western Sub - Chicago & Alton Ry.
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge crosses over the double track line that is east of Bridge #198 and the Des Plaines River. As of 2011 this line is run by the CN, but use to be the Chicago & Alton Ry. when this photo was taken. The writing on this photo indicates that it was single track at that time, but is now double track. Yet, the modern day bridge appears to remain basically the same, having the same steel supports in the middle. Note the old industrial buildings.


Subject: Bridge #206 - Western Sub - Charlesworth Avenue
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: 1911
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge carried the yard lead tracks over Charlesworth Ave., just north of the top of East Joliet Yard. It appears to be the same as of 2011, minus the little shanty house. That was probably for a switch tender or something.


Subject: Bridge #207E - East Joliet Yard
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: 1910
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on the photo reads: "Over Spring Creek - East Joliet". This appears to be the twin culvert that carries the creek under East Joliet Yard. This photo shows the exit that comes out on the west side of the yard, in the center of the wye to H Yard. The light you see in the back is another opening that exists between the west most group of tracks in the yard, and the next group over. Interestingly, this structure was not listed on schematics in the 90's.


Subject: Bridge #223 - Eastern Sub - Brisbane
Location: Brisbane, IL
Date: N/A
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge appears to be somewhat of a mystery. I see no evidence of it in 2011, but it is listed on track schematics from the 90's. It is marked as being just east of Nelson Rd.


Subject: Bridge #228 - Eastern Sub - Brisbane
Location: Brisbane, IL
Date: 1901
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on this photo reads: "Brisbane Yard". This appears to be the bridge over the creek just east of the NS line. I can only see that one bridge in that area as of 2011, but schematics from the 90's list a bridge #227, 228A and 228 1/2 right there as well. Perhaps they may be small culverts that cannot be seen easily. Notice the switch throw, which indicates the yard that use to be here. Also check out that track vehicle the Photographer was using.


Subject: Bridge #249 - Eastern Sub - McGlashans
Location: Frankfort, IL
Date: 1906
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Arch east of Frankfort". McGlashans is one of the old names in this spot, which is no longer used today. This arch bridge spans a creek passing under the line, to the west of Harlem Ave. The bridge still remains the same as of 2011.


Subject: Bridge #272 - Eastern Sub - Thorn Creek
Location: Chicago Heights, IL
Date: 1908
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on photo reads: "Over Thorn Creek". This bridge spans the creek coming out of Indian Hill Woods Forest Preserve, just west of Euclid Ave. The bridge appears to look the same as of 2011.


Subject: Bridge #276 - Eastern Sub - "Buttes" Street
Location: Chicago Heights, IL
Date: 1903
Credit: N/A

Notes: Label on the photo does read: "Buttes Street". I'm guessing somebody decided they didn't like that name at some point. This bridge now crosses over Butler St. The bridge appears to basically be the same as of 2011, and is a double span carrying two tracks. Note the track in the foreground... This may have been an interchange from what is now the CSX to the east.


Subject: Bridge #278 - Eastern Sub - B&OCTT RR.
Location: Chicago Heights, IL
Date: 1903
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge took the EJ&E over what was in those days the B&OCTT RR. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the bridge may have been single track then. As of 2011, this bridge was double track, with three girders, but the northern most section has room for a third track. The buttresses also look different. It's possible that the southern single track section was added later, or the whole thing was rebuilt. Note the bridge for the old Michigan Central RR in the background.


Subject: Bridge #281 - Eastern Sub - West of Dyer
Location: Ford Heights, IL
Date: 1906
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge spans a creek just east of Cottage Grove Ave. The bridge appears to look the same as of 2011. You can just make out the Michigan Central RoW in the background, under the bridge.


Subject: Bridge #293 - Eastern Sub - Plum Creek
Location: Dyer, IN
Date: 1906
Credit: N/A

Notes: This bridge crossed Plum Creek, just east of Hart St. and the CSX line. This photo appears to show a single track span, but the bridge as of 2011 is double track, so the bridge was replaced at some point.



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