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BNSF - Illinois River Bridge (Beardstown)


Rail bridge from Beardstown Riverfront

Photo taken by Nathan Morton in August 2007


BH Photo #127242


Street View 


This bridge contains a lift span that is much newer than its historic approach spans.


Through truss vertical-lift bridge over Illinois River on BNSF Railway (formerly CB&Q, then BN) in Beardstown
Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, and Schuyler County, Illinois
Open to traffic
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Vertical lift bridge
Length of largest span: 328.0 ft.
Total length: 1,606.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.02295, -90.43345   (decimal degrees)
40°01'23" N, 90°26'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/719019/4433459 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 38033 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2021: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added estimated dimensions and approach type.
  • April 24, 2016: New photos from Steve Conro
  • November 2, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 30, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • February 21, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added GPS coordinates
  • November 7, 2008: Added by Nathan Morton

Related Bridges 



BNSF - Illinois River Bridge (Beardstown)
Posted May 3, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It looks like the approach spans of this bridge are still historic, despite the lift span not being historic.

Beardstown Railroad Bridge
Posted January 20, 2013, by Timothy Hickernell (tim [at] hickernell [dot] net)

I can remember living in Beardstown as a kid when the old swing bridge was still in place. It took large barges forever to anchor barges north and south of the bridge while they transported just a few at a time through the narrow channel. We used to always wave at the bridge tenders as we would pass under the bridge in our speed boat or fishing boat. Then when I was in the 3rd grade (1971-72), they replaced it with the current lift bridge, seen here. We thought the most impressive thing about the new bridge was that it was remote controlled from the yard about 1-2 miles south. The bridge tenders house was no more, which was sad.