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CN - Galena River Bridge

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CN Galena River Bridge

Photo taken by John Marvig in December 2012

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BH Photo #246623

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Description 

A 1913 township map shows this as having been a draw bridge. In days past the Galena River was wide enough to allow river boat traffic up from the Mississippi to dock at Galena.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Galena River on Canadian National in Galena
Location
Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
built 1976
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
Design
4 span Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 302.0 ft.
Also called
Illinois Central Bridge #W165.7
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.40882, -90.43091   (decimal degrees)
42°24'32" N, 90°25'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/711404/4698366 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Galena
Inventory number
BH 54322 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 5, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 11, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • November 6, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added categories "Canadian National Railway", "Illinois Central Railroad"

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Comments 

CN Galena River Bridge
Posted January 11, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

You are right Gary!

http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/nsdihome/webdocs/ilhap/county/data/...

As from the 1973 IC Iowa Division Track Chart

"W165.1:25'305'; 2-70' TPG Spns, 1-99'3" Bascule Sp. 1-62' Anchor arm conc piers & Abuts, 1914

CN Galena River Bridge
Posted January 11, 2013, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge was a bascule span up until the early to mid 70's when a derailment took out the lift span.

The taller west spans replaced the bascule spans while the shorter eastern spans were the approach spans.