View looking East from adjacent South Victor Pike Road
by Eric T. Black via Google Earth
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Finally went and found this gem. Unfortunately the trees and other vegetation blocked a lot of the view, but it was worth witnessing this great bridge. I have read where towards the end of it's railroad use, they wouldn't take the engine out onto the bridge because of weight restrictions but would push a length of cars out onto the bridge long enough to get to the other side where another engine would hook up and pull off this structure. I imagine many of the cars were unloaded and used as buffers only. The name used for this line was the Bloomington Southern, but was part of the Illinois Central. Victor Stone had a Plymouth switcher and one other "critter" for power for these trains. They still used them on their property for several years after tracks had been pulled from this bridge North to Bloomington before being sold off themselves.
My family has owned property behind this for 50+ years. I live there now and remember seeing the train cross as a kid.
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Amazing wooden bridge. Would like to see that one in person.