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CTM - Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge

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Photo taken by John Tolva

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

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Description 

Designed by Onward Bates, fabricated by American Bridge Works, constructed by Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, and located along Milwaukee Road Bloomingdale Line. This bobtail swing bridge is possibly the only one of its design ever built.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Chicago Terminal Railway
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1899 to replace earlier wooden through truss swing bridge
Builders
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Onward Bates of St. Charles County, Missouri
Railroads
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago Terminal Railway (CTM)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Commuter Rail
- Metra (METX)
Design
Bobtail swing bridge; deck plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 175.0 ft.
Also called
Milwaukee Road Bridge Z-6
MILW - Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge
Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.91568, -87.66340   (decimal degrees)
41°54'56" N, 87°39'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/444986/4640626 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Chicago Loop
Inventory numbers
HAER IL-162
BH 56204 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 30, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • March 25, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • August 23, 2014: Updated by Luke: Open
  • June 14, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 8, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed status
  • May 8, 2013: Added by Frank Hicks

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CTM - Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge
Posted October 20, 2017, by Andre Kristopans (andrethebusman99 [at] msn [dot] com)

Bridge abandoned when CTM shut down for lack of traffic - bridge damaged by fire and inoperable