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CKIN - Kankakee River Bridge



East side May 24, 2009

Former PRR bridge can be somewhat seen in background behind this bridge.

Photo taken by James Norwood



Deck plate girder bridge over Kankakee River on Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad (ex-C&O, CSX Transportation) in English Lake
English Lake, Starke County, Indiana, and La Porte County, Indiana
Built 1954
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
- CSX Railroad (CSXT)
- Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad (CKIN)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
Deck plate girder
Also called
C&O - Kankakee River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.27138, -86.82748   (decimal degrees)
41°16'17" N, 86°49'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/514449/4568897 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
English Lake
Inventory number
BH 42612 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • June 2, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • May 26, 2009: Added by James Norwood


  • James Norwood


C&O Railroad Kankakee River bridge
Posted June 2, 2009, by James Norwood

Thanks Mr. Zimmerman, your photos and information have been incorporated into the site.

C&O Railroad Kankakee River bridge
Posted June 2, 2009, by Karl Zimmerman (karl [dot] zimmerman [at] valpo [dot] edu)

This bridge has a 1954 builder's plate (Mt. Vernon Bridge Company, Mt. Vernon, OH) on one of the nine plate girder spans. The bridge is completely riveted--no welding at all. It is in excellent condition for its age, with only a little bit of surface rust around the lower flange of the plate girders (which would be expected).

I took many photos of this bridge and its surroundings during a bridge inspection in June 2008, when I was able to climb all over the bridge. I have attached six of the better ones here.