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PRR - Kankakee River Bridge


East side

Photo taken by Karl Zimmerman

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BH Photo #140891



Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Kankakee River on former Conrail (ex- Panhandle, Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central) in English Lake
English Lake, Starke County, Indiana, and La Porte County, Indiana
Part of the PRR's Chicago to Logansport main line, and formerly double tracked. Line abandoned about 1980 and tracks pulled shortley thereafter. C&O Railroad bridge immediately to it's East.
- Chicago & Great Eastern Railway (C&GE)
- Conrail (CR)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (PCC&StL)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.27121, -86.82793   (decimal degrees)
41°16'16" N, 86°49'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/514411/4568879 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
English Lake
Inventory number
BH 42613 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 2, 2009: New photos from James Norwood
  • May 26, 2009: Added by James Norwood


  • James Norwood


PRR - Kankakee River Bridge
Posted October 25, 2017, by Mitch Barloga (mbarloga [at] nirpc [dot] org)

I am working with neighboring entities to turn this into a bike-ped bridge, linking a regional trail across the river.

That said do you have any idea how long this is? Thanks...and fantastic site!


Pennsylvania Railroad Kankakee River Bridge
Posted June 2, 2009, by James Norwood

Mr. Zimmerman, your photos have been incorporated into the site. Thanks again for sharing.

Pennsylvania Railroad Kankakee River Bridge
Posted June 2, 2009, by Karl Zimmerman (karl [dot] zimmerman [at] valpo [dot] edu)

I participated in a bridge inspection of the old C&O bridge (number 217.8) in June 2008, and I took a few pictures of the Pennsy bridge next door. I didn't get to climb onto it like I did the C&O bridge, so I don't have any close-ups, and I'm not even sure how many spans it really has (I think six). The Pennsy bridge wasn't the target of the inspection, so the three attached pictures are all I have. The Pennsy bridge is becoming overgrown, so moving around on it would have been somewhat difficult anyway. The Pennsy bridge was built for double track, so it's a lot wider and more massive-looking than the C&O bridge (which isn't exactly a "lightweight" structure itself).