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CTT - South Branch Chicago River Lift Bridge

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GCS - South Branch Chicago River Bridge

Bridge open for ship traffic

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in April 2013

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BH Photo #285165

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Description 

This is the only double leaf railroad rolling lift bridge type in Chicago, a double leaf single track Scherzer type is in India. However a single track double leaf Strauss type of 336 foot is still in heavy use between United States and Canada in Sault Ste Marie.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren double leaf rolling lift through truss bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Grand Central Station RR
Location
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1899
Builders
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad (CTT)
- Grand Central Station Railroad (GCS)
Design
Warren double leaf rolling lift through truss bascule
Dimensions
Span length: 278.0 ft.
Total length: 278.0 ft.
Also called
Grand Central Station Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.87214, -87.63588   (decimal degrees)
41°52'20" N, 87°38'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447232/4635775 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Englewood
Inventory number
BH 61312 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder + corrected build date; Added imagery
  • June 11, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler

Sources 

  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke