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IC - Galena River Bascule Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by David Hudson

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BH Photo #290953

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Galena River on Illinois Central Railroad
Location
Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
Status
Collapsed
History
Built 1914 ; removed 1976
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Gould Construction Co. of Davenport, Iowa (Substructure)
- Strauss Bascule Bridge Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Lift Design)
Railroad
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC; ICG (1972-1988))
Design
Warren through truss bascule
Dimensions
Total length: 99.0 ft.
Also called
Galena Jacknife Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.40895, -90.43122   (decimal degrees)
42°24'32" N, 90°25'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/711378/4698379 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Galena
Inventory number
BH 57664 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2022: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 9, 2021: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 22, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 7, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • July 17, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • December 21, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • November 4, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • May 22, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 9, 2014: Photo imported by Luke
  • August 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Destroyed by derailment"
  • August 18, 2013: Added by Douglas Butler

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Comments 

CN Galena River Bridge
Posted January 11, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

You are right Gary!

http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/nsdihome/webdocs/ilhap/county/data/...

As from the 1973 IC Iowa Division Track Chart

"W165.1:25'305'; 2-70' TPG Spns, 1-99'3" Bascule Sp. 1-62' Anchor arm conc piers & Abuts, 1914

CN Galena River Bridge
Posted January 11, 2013, by Gary Sprandel (jaidite [at] aol [dot] com)

The bridge was a bascule span up until the early to mid 70's when a derailment took out the lift span.

The taller west spans replaced the bascule spans while the shorter eastern spans were the approach spans.