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Rock Island Fox River

Photo taken by Steve Conro

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Description 

An action scene from the upcoming "Smallville" Superman movie was filmed from the adjacent highway bridge. Look for this bridge to possibly be in the scene.

Facts 

Overview
Howe deck truss bridge over Fox River on Illinois Railway (former CB&Q) just W of Sheridan
Location
Sheridan, La Salle County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
Design
Combination Howe Deck Truss & Steel Stringer with Timber Stringer approach. Length was approximated.
Dimensions
Total length: 500.0 ft.
Also called
Sheridan Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.52913, -88.69538   (decimal degrees)
41°31'45" N, 88°41'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/358560/4598885 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sheridan
Inventory number
BH 49883 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Illinois Railway"
  • October 26, 2011: Updated by Steve Conro: Name corrected per David Eikes
  • October 25, 2011: New Street View added by Cliff Darby
  • October 24, 2011: New photos from Steve Conro
  • October 23, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

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Rock Island Fox River Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by David Eike (eikes [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Some clarification on this bridge, which may warrant a renaming: It was built as part of the old Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy, a branch line that ran from Aurora to Streator. It was never part of the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific. It was part of the Burlington Northern (successor of the CB&Q) until it was sold off to the shortline Illinois Railnet (now the Illinois Railway, part of OmniTRAX).