Peru was once a busy division point on the C&O of Indiana. Amtrak's Cardinal once graced the rails on this line as well. Welded rail and many curves were the trademarks of this line. Amtrak pulled out in 1986 and CSX rerouted trains to another line in Ohio and Northern Indiana causing most of the line to quickly be abandoned and tore out. Most of the bridges on this line were removed in the process. This bridge had a severe curve on either approach to get over the river and North side was built over old Wabash and Erie Canal right of way through Peru. Here are links to two views taken from the back of a Amtrak train as it crossed over the bridge http://candoindiana.com/historic/5peru_wabashbridgesouth.jpg
Amtrak looks to be going Westbound coming into Peru in this Alan Gaines shot.
Thank you James this was very helpfull!
Here you go Everett, a little research and you can find all kinds of info. I started a page just for this bridge, The IC Riverton bridge, with info I have found. Access it at http://bridgehunter.com/in/sullivan/bh43682/
Tell your Grandson I said Good Luck! Take care, James
Everett, check out this link for a pic of the bridge you are talking about. http://www.davehonan.com/in/wabash02l.jpg
I believe that railroad line is an old Illinois Central line now ran by the "Indiana Railroad" company. Hope this helps with his project.
I am trying to find some info about the railroad bridge that crosses from Palestine, IL to Riverton, IN for grandson history project. Last time I was there it still had the gears that rotated the bridge for river traffic years ago. Thank you for any info you have.
another view of this bridge is available here
zoom in to 100% image size, and it is visible through the left side arches of the street bridge in forground