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IR - Fox River Bridge


Rock Island Fox River

Photo taken by Steve Conro


BH Photo #218346


Street View 


Bridge once had two truss spans. A Whipple Deck Truss and a Pratt Deck Truss. The whipple was replaced with I-Beam Spans


Pratt deck truss bridge over Fox River on Illinois RailNet West of Sheridan
Sheridan, LaSalle County, Illinois
Open to traffic
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
- Illinois RailNet (IR)
Combination Pratt Deck Truss & Steel Stringer with Timber Stringer approach. Length was approximated.
Originally featured a Whipple deck truss.
Length of largest span: 155.0 ft.
Total length: 448.0 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:
Inventory number
BH 49883 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • August 16, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • 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


  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Cliff Darby - cliffsta1987 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


IR - Fox River Bridge
Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a shot of the IR Fox River Bridge taken on November 30, 2017, with the Norfolk Southern 8114, the "Original Norfolk Southern" heritage unit, bringing up the markers on a loaded eastbound sand train.


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).