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CN - Hawthorne/Central Avenue Overpass

Photos 

UPRR Span

Photo taken by Steve Conro in March 2012

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BH Photo #228133

Map 

Description 

This single track bridge may be a second generation at this location. All the others along this stretch are 2 track with one abandoned. Abutment looks like it originally held 2 bridges. Since the CN purchased the EJ&E to bypass Chicago this line isn't used much any more.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Central Ave/UPRR/Hawthorne Ave on Canadian National RR (former Soo Line RR)
Location
River Forest, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
Railroads
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Also called
CN/UP Overpass
Soo Line/UP Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.88674, -87.82066   (decimal degrees)
41°53'12" N, 87°49'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/431914/4637526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
River Forest
Inventory number
BH 51780 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 21, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added categories "Canadian Pacific Railway", "Soo Line Railroad"

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Comments 

CN - Hawthorne/Central Avenue Overpass
Posted May 8, 2019, by Terence Keating (popeish [at] hotmail [dot] com)

In 1990 Western portion of the double tracked bridge was removed by the Wisconsin Cetral at the time that the C&NW was raising the bridge to accomodate double stacked trains on all for of the tracks they had at the time.

The bridge is the original from the teens, but shaved to carry one track.

TK

CN - Hawthorne/Central Avenue Overpass
Posted March 2, 2017, by T Keating (popeish [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It was a double tracked bridge until 1989. They cut half of it off, centered it and raised it a few feet so the C&NW could get container trains under it on all three tracks. For a couple years before that, the C&NW reconditioned a fourth track (on the south) that they had dug lower to clear the bridge. That track was taken out shortly after the work on the bridge was completed.