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Blue Island Yard Bridges


Oblique View Of All Five Bridges

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #130936

Street Views 


5 different Camelback Pratt through truss bridges on several different railroads crossing Cal Sag Channel
Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois
4 wider spans still in use by railroad, a 5th narrower span not used at this time
Built in 1935, rebuit in 1964-65
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP (1866-1920); RI (1920-1975) ROCK (1975-1980))
- Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTW)
- Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB)
- Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS)
- Iowa Railroad (IRRC)
Camelback through truss, each 200 feet in length
Length of largest span: 200.0 ft.
Also called
IHB - Blue Island Yard Bridge
RI - Blue Island Yard Bridge
IAIS - Blue Island Yard Bridge
CN - Blue Island Yard Bridge
CSX - Blue Island Yard Bridge
BNSF - Blue Island Yard Bridge
GTW - Blue Island Yard Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.65201, -87.68742   (decimal degrees)
41°39'07" N, 87°41'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/442759/4611368 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blue Island
Inventory number
BH 38158 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2012: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Canadian National Railway", "Iowa Interstate Railroad", "Indiana Habor Belt Railroad", "CSX Railroad", "Grand Trunk Western Railroad"
  • September 2, 2011: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • August 6, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
  • February 27, 2010: Updated by Kim Harvey: GPS
  • December 28, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey: HAER report, corrected truss type
  • November 20, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • November 18, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey



Blue Island Yard Bridges - Abandoned CSX Bridge
Posted September 10, 2022, by bing owens (bingowens at yahoo dot com)

Growing grass and looking good