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NS - Indiana Harbor Canal Bridge

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Hick Tower PRR Lift Bridge

East Chicago IN

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in September 2013

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BH Photo #281451

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Description 

Of five bascule bridges at this location, this is one of two still in use.

Facts 

Overview
Bascule truss over Indiana Harbor Canal on Norfolk Southern RR
Location
East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana
Status
Open to traffic
Builder
- Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Railroads
- Conrail (CR)
- Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad (LS&MS)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Warren through truss with all verticals
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 86.0 ft.
Also called
NYC - Indiana Harbor Canal Bridge
HICK Drawbridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.66009, -87.45232   (decimal degrees)
41°39'36" N, 87°27'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/462341/4612136 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Whiting
Inventory number
BH 50948 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 13, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 5, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 23, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 10, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 14, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

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Comments 

NS - Indiana Harbor Canal Bridge
Posted September 6, 2014, by Matt McClure (mkmcclure63 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The active drawbridge is ex-NYC. The ex-PRR bridge was about 100 yards south. The abutments still stand.