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B&OCT - South Branch Chicago River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #263650

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

This Heel Trunnion bascule bridge is a Strauss type thats left in the open position.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned warren through truss bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
Derelict/abandoned
History
Built 1930
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad (B&OCT; BOCT)
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 186.0 ft.
Also called
BOCT - South Branch Chicago River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.86088, -87.63477   (decimal degrees)
41°51'39" N, 87°38'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447315/4634524 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Englewood
Inventory number
BH 57637 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • June 4, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 26, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 19, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 7, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 30, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 22, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 12, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 6, 2015: Updated by Luke: Merged HAER imagery
  • August 5, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 28, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 16, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Think I found the bridges
  • August 16, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • HAER IL-67 - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Chicago Terminal Railroad, South Branch of Chicago River Bridge, Spanning South Branch of Chicago River, Chicago, Cook County, IL
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

B&OCT- South Branch Chicago River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2015, by Anonymous

Image 12 is a copyrighted work

https://www.flickr.com/photos/zol87/8565121699/

BOCT - South Branch Chicago River Bridge
Posted July 15, 2014, by Jeff Wagg (jeff [at] wagg [dot] com)

Two different bridges, right next to each other.

BOCT South Branch Chicago River Bridge
Posted October 12, 2013, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Aren't these the St Charles Airline bridges?

http://bridgehunter.com/il/cook/st-charles-air-line/