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IC - Sand Ridge Bridge

Photo 

IC - Sand Ridge Bridge

Southern Illinoisan: March 28 1979

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BH Photo #442473

Map 

Description 

Aerial imagery shows that some piers remain.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Big Muddy River on Illinois Central Railroad
Location
Jackson County, Illinois
Status
Removed but not replaced
Railroad
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Design
Warren through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.74874, -89.43615   (decimal degrees)
37°44'55" N, 89°26'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/285368/4180732 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 81314 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Girder (10,316)
Illinois (4,692)
Illinois Central Railroad (588)
Jackson County, Illinois (52)
Lost (25,085)
Plate girder (7,999)
Railroad (15,619)
Through girder (3,846)
Through truss (15,221)
Truss (33,029)
Warren through truss (1,618)
Warren truss (6,587)

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • April 22, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added type from historic aerial imagery
  • April 22, 2018: Added by James Baughn

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com

Comments 

IC - Sand Ridge Bridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Thank you to James and Don. I appreciate your help!

IC - Sand Ridge Bridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Don Morrison

Also March 27, 1979 was a Tuesday as stated in the photo caption. 8^)

IC - Sand Ridge Bridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Don Morrison

Agree with James - it is probably this bridge in the picture.

from

http://stationcarbondale.org/history/

"The old Grand Tower & Carbondale was the next to go. Tracks to Grand Tower had been retained to haul coal to the Central Illinois Public Service electric plant near Devilís Backbone, but a derailment on March 27, 1979, destroyed the bridge over the Big Muddy River near Sand Ridge and the line was abandoned as a result."