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D&W - Charles Street Overpass

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Overview Looking East

In the heyday of the Chicago Great Western Railway, Oelwein was the hub for the three major routes of the railroad. A rail yard was located on this bridge and to either side. The CGW shops were located just south of this location, one of the largest rail shops in the United States at the time of its construction in 1899. Numerous tracks were here, and this subway provided a method of passing beneath the myriad of tracks that served the facility. (Auto buffs will know that Walter P. Chrysler was a supervisor in the CGW shops from 1905 to 1909.)

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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BH Photo #233381

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Concrete stringer bridge over Charles Street on D&W Railroad
Location
Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1899
Railroads
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- D&W Railroad (D&W)
Design
Concrete stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 20.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.67836, -91.91867   (decimal degrees)
42°40'42" N, 91°55'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/588596/4725665 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oelwein
Inventory numbers
IA 8940 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 52674 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/1997)
Average daily traffic (as of 1993)
2,880

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 2, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • March 5, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI info & added categories.
  • June 16, 2012: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com