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DM&E Industrial Spur - IL72 Overpass

Photo 

Photo taken by Steve Conro in November 2011

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BH Photo #221204

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Street View 

Description 

Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern industrial spur to Byron Nuclear plant. Former Chicago Great Western RR.

Facts 

Overview
Steel stringer bridge over IL72 on DM&E Railroad (formerly CGW)
Location
Ogle County, Illinois
Status
Open
History
Built 1933
Railroads
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
Design
Steel stringer
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 73.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.12184, -89.24767   (decimal degrees)
42°07'19" N, 89°14'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/314203/4665749 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Stillman Valley
Inventory numbers
IL 071-9907 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 50345 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
7,900

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2011: New Street View added by Daniel Hopkins
  • November 28, 2011: Added by Steve Conro

Sources 

  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net

Comments 

DM&E Industrial Spur IL72 Bridge
Posted September 6, 2012, by Tom (pastortomclark [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe that this bridge was replace in the early 1980's (~83-85). I used to drive IL72 from Rockford to Sterling a fair amount. One day I came around the curve and saw that the bridge was removed. I thought that they were salvaging the rail line. However, a few days later I was going that way again and there was a new bridge there. I also saw a crew out cutting down trees that had grown up in the rail bed. (I stopped to ask the crew if I could take some of the wood for our fireplace and they said yes.)