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NKP - Newman's Creek Arch Bridge


Looking northeast

Photo taken by Jacob P. Bernard in April 2011


BH Photo #196940



Built to carry trains over this creek on their journey from Peoria to Sandusky, Ohio and points East, later part of the well known Nickel Plate Road (NY, C & St. L Railroad). This line was later abandoned by Norfolk Southern in ether 1988 or 89 in favor of trackage rights over another railroad line.


Abandoned culvert bridge over Newman's Creek on former New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Rankin, Vermilion County, Illinois
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
Concrete culvert
Total length: 25.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46486, -87.90260   (decimal degrees)
40°27'54" N, 87°54'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/423478/4479745 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 48579 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • April 8, 2011: Updated by James Norwood: added railroad history
  • April 8, 2011: Added by Jacob P. Bernard


  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • James Norwood


Rankin Railroad Bridge
Posted April 8, 2011, by Jacob P. Bernard (jacob_bernard [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Here are a few pictures of the old railroad yard east of town which was abandoned in 1940 and razed in 1941. All of these are from the Rankin library, which was formerly the station.

The first picture is a view looking east at the roundhouse and turntable.

The second one is looking west towards town.

The third one is of the coal dock.

The forth one is an aerial view from 1940 after the yard was abandoned.

I hope these are useful to you.

Rankin Nickel Plate Road Railroad Bridge
Posted April 8, 2011, by James Norwood

My father-in-law grew up near Rankin and remembers the old Nickel Plate Road line well. His name is currently on a memorial to war veterans which is located directly on the old Right Of Way beside State Road 49. Rankin itself is a shadow of it's former self. The old High School was recently tore down(of which a section of the brick is saved in my home today), and the railroad is long gone due to the company ridding itself of this line in favor of trackage rights over other railroad company's lines to get to Peoria via Gibson City. Rankin at one time was a division point on the Lake Erie and Western Railroad and had a small yard, coaling tower, and roundhouse just East of town. Today, all is gone, but the outline of the former yard site can still be seen on Google Earth.