John Marvig

About Me 

Email: marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
Website: http://johnmarvigbridges.org

I am a 20 year old attending Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa; who takes quite a passion in photographing old and historic railroad bridges. I run my own website dedicated to my unique hobby.

Most of my photography is from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Dakota as well as Wisconsin; however I also have covered parts of Indiana and Nebraska, Michigan and Missouri

Recent Updates 

CN - Mondamin Street Overpass (Grundy County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Mondamin St. (Minooka Rd) on EJ&E Ry
July 18, 2018: New photos
CN - Kedzie Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Kedzie Avenue on Canadian National Railway
July 18, 2018: Added
CN - Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over Sanitary & Ship Canal on CNRR (original Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad)
July 18, 2018: New photos
BNSF - Canal Street Lift Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pratt through truss bridge over South Branch of Chicago River on BNSF Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
CNW - Kinzie Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Warren through truss bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Union Pacific Railroad
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTM - Elston Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony plate girder bridge over Elston Avenue on Abandoned Chicago Terminal Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTM - Bloomingdale Line Swing Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Chicago Terminal Railway
July 18, 2018: New photos
Bloomingdale Trail - Leavitt Street Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Leavitt Street on Bloomingdale Trail
July 18, 2018: Added
Bloomingdale Trail - Winnebago Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Winnebago Avenue on Bloomingdale Trail
July 18, 2018: Added
Bloomingdale Trail - Milwaukee Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Through Girder bridge over N. Milwaukee Avenue on Bloomingdale Line Trail
July 18, 2018: New photos
Bloomingdale Trail - Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Western Avenue on Bloomingdale Line Park
July 18, 2018: New photos
CTA Purple Line - Hamlin Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Hamlin Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Simpson Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Simpson Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Colfax Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Colfax Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
CTA Purple Line - Ridge Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Ridge Avenue/Lincoln Street on CTA Purple Line
July 18, 2018: Added
UP - Lincoln Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Lincoln Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 18, 2018: Added
UP - South Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over South Western Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New Street View added
Northbrook Rail Crossing (Cook County, Illinois)
Lattice through truss bridge over Canadian Pacific Railway on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New photos
UP - Techny Road Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Techny Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 17, 2018: New photos
UP - Hazel Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Hazel Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Laurel Avenue Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Laurel Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Deerpath Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Deerpath Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
Robert McClory Bike Path - Deerpath Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Deerpath Road on Skokie Valley Bike Path
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Vine Avenue Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Vine Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Bloom Street Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Bloom Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Illinois Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Illinois Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Woodland Road Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Woodland Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Scranton Avenue Overpass (E) (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over IL 176 (Scranton Ave) on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Scranton Avenue Overpass (W) (Lake County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over IL 176 (Scranton Ave) on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Waukegan River Bridge (Lake County, Illinois)
Stone arch bridge over Waukegan River on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: New photos
UP - Belmont Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Belmont Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Melrose Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Melrose Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - School Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over School Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Roscoe Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Roscoe Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Cornelia Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Cornelia Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Addison Street Bridge (Roscoe Village) (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Addison Street and Lincoln Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Addison Street Bridge (Old Irving Park) (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Addison Street on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Addison Street Bridge (Old Irving Park) (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Addison Street on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Milwaukee Avenue Bridge (Old Irving Park) (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Milwaukee Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Milwaukee Avenue Bridge (Old Irving Park) (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Milwaukee Avenue on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Irving Park Road Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Irving Park Road on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Irving Park Road Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Irving Park Road on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
UP - Montrose Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Montrose Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Montrose Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Montrose Avenue on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
Abandoned UP - Wilson Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Wilson Avenue on Abandoned Chicago & North Western Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Wilson Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Wilson Avenue on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
Abandoned UP - Lawerence Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Deck plate girder bridge over Lawerence Avenue on Abandoned Chicago & North Western Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Lawerence Avenue Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Lawerence Avenue on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Ainslie Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Ainslie Street on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added
CP - Argyle Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Slab bridge over Argyle Street on Canadian Pacific Railway
July 16, 2018: Added

Recent Comments 

Posted July 18, 2018

It appears that this bridge was originally five separate spans. The bridges were slowly removed between 2005 and 2012. I wonder what would have caused them to be removed after so many years abandoned..shame I can't find any pictures of the structures.

Posted July 16, 2018

Sometimes these can be a little confusing. In this instance, I would probably list the stringer span as an approach to the main structure, in the same listing.

Posted July 16, 2018

It appears that this bridge is actually part of the limestone creek bridge, not a separate structure.

Posted July 16, 2018

Appears that this bridge was replaced

Posted July 15, 2018

Does anybody know when the span was originally fabricated in the original location? It looks to be a mid 1880s truss to me, and that should be listed as a build date as well.

Posted July 12, 2018

I believe this is a total replacement of the remaining historic portions of the structure. Darn shame.

Posted July 11, 2018

No problem Nick! I have recently acquired complete bridge records for most ATSF divisions. This also includes most of Kansas. It certainly makes research a lot less hassle.

Posted July 9, 2018

It appears that this bridge was rebuilt from a railroad pony truss. The Chicago & North Western reused many older railroad pony trusses of this design as road overpasses. Most of them were extensively rebuilt.

Posted July 9, 2018

Originally built as a truss, and truss replaced ca. 1980 by the current I-Beam approaches.

Posted July 9, 2018

The pier of the bridge makes me think that this bridge was assembled using at least one relocated piece. This historic aerial image shows a much smaller bridge here:

http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/client.cgi?zoom=1&x0=563463&y0=...

During the 1940s, the Rock Island was upgrading many bridges on mainlines, and relocating the old spans to less used routes.

Posted July 1, 2018
Posted July 1, 2018

This certainly would be a lightweight bridge. Iíve found that thereís really no rhyme or reason to where bridges were relocated to, mostly just based on what was available at that time. If this route was originally constructed in 1888, it would seem to be a fairly light truss for that time period, especially compared to similar structures.

Posted July 1, 2018

This bridge:

https://bridgehunter.com/in/adams/bh45027/

will be moved here to replace the missing span as they are identical structures, and the remaining span currently will be rebuilt. As of January 2017, the project is currently in the fundraising stage.

http://indianarailroads.org/board/index.php?topic=4049.0

Posted June 29, 2018

There is only one 149' Through Truss on the ATSF system in 1916 that was replaced prior to 1925, indicating that this truss likely came from that location. Original location is believed to be near Suwanee, NM.

Posted June 26, 2018

ATSF Bridge Records from 1937 give a build date of 1910 and a strengthening date of the floor of 1927. Given other ATSF overpasses, I wouldn't be surprised if this one was also a reused railroad span.