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UP Overpass

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Bridge 1 with bridge 2 beyond

Photo taken by Steve Conro in February 2012

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BH Photo #225204

Map 

Description 

This is where the the former Chicago & Northwestern Railway spur broke away from the main, crossed under and went down the Fox Valley. Its now the UPRR Harvard (over)and McHenry(under)Subdivisions There's actually two bridges at this location. One 20' 2 track pony plate with large stone abutments and another 1 track steel stringer with a timber approach with concrete abutment and pier. The 2 track is the UP/Metra main line where the single is just a short dead end siding maybe and old industrial spur added later. The bridge plaque is on the single bridge so I don't know if the builder info is correct for both bridges.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over UPRR (former C&NW RR) on UPRR (Former C&NW)
Location
Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Illinois
Status
Open to traffic
History
1910
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
two separate bridges here one two track Pony plate girder and one single track steel stringer w/timber approach.
Dimensions
Total length: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.24274, -88.31446   (decimal degrees)
42°14'34" N, 88°18'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/391552/4677564 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Crystal Lake
Inventory number
BH 51256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 10, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"

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Comments 

UP Overpass
Posted March 14, 2015, by Tom Nugler (tnugler [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge 1 was the "Coal Track". In View #2 looking west past the bridge was a Fairbanks Morse concrete coal tower. Chutes were arranged to feed the 2 track main and the lower Fox River line.