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BNSF - Media Trestle


Photo taken by Dave Sebben

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BH Photo #236387


Deck plate girder bridge over Ellison Creek & CR1000N on BNSF RR
Henderson County, Illinois
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1894, Remodeled for Second Track 1907, Replaced 2017
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 64.0 ft.
Total length: 741.2 ft.
Also called
ATSF - Ellison Creek Trestle
ATSF - Media Trestle
BNSF - Ellison Creek Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.77806, -90.81722   (decimal degrees)
40°46'41" N, 90°49'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/684196/4516411 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Kirkwood West
Inventory numbers
IL 036-9910 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 52577 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 4, 2017: Updated by John Marvig: Added Information from ATSF Bridge Book
  • April 12, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 9, 2017: Updated by Luke: Doomed
  • June 11, 2015: New photos from Steve Conro
  • July 30, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • July 28, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • May 28, 2012: Added by Steve Conro



BNSF - Media Trestle
Posted April 6, 2018, by Kelly McClanahan (KMCCLA [at] aol [dot] com)

According to sources the new bridge is to be cut in on April 7-8, 2018. The BNSF line is to be shut down at 6 AM and is going to reopen sometime Sunday.

BNSF - Media Trestle
Posted February 20, 2018, by David S. (dscharen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here is a shot of Media Trestle in June 2017. At this time, the replacement pillars were just about complete. As of February 2018, it is said the replacement bridge is largely complete, but the railroad is just waiting for better weather (and lower rail traffic) for the cutover. Late March 2018 is considered the target time.


BNSF - Media Creek Bridge
Posted September 6, 2014, by Garrett Bowen (scatpak [at] gmail [dot] com)

Are there any photos of the building of this bridge in 1888? My great grandfather was 5 when the trestle was built and he spoke of sitting on the hill watching the camp scene. He was fascinated with the process. I have been searching for a long time for just one photo. Are there any in the archives that could be copied? Thank you.