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CP/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass


Western Electrician

Chicago, IL, United States, Saturday, April 13, 1907 vol. 40, no. 15, p. 319, col. 2-3

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

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BH Photo #319266



Slab bridge over Elgin & Belvidere (abandoned) on Canadian Pacific Railway
Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1905 for Elgin & Belvidere interurban line to pass under Milwaukee Road; E&B abandoned 1930
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Elgin & Belvidere Electric Co. (E&B)
- Interurban
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Also called
MILW/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.06106, -88.35286   (decimal degrees)
42°03'40" N, 88°21'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/388065/4657441 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 60737 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 3, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • March 25, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • April 20, 2014: Added by Frank Hicks



DM&E/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Posted June 3, 2019, by Brian (fcvpi99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

this is correct location and both top and bottom are in use top is till active rails lower is RTV trail

DM&E/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Posted April 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Zooming in and clicking into the google maps page for the "subway" allows access to some recent photos. It appears he trestle overhead has been built up into an embankment.

DM&E/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Posted April 8, 2017, by Luke

Also this bridge shows up in Bing aerial imagery, so there's also that.

DM&E/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Posted April 8, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is actually a common situation on this website. The bridge is open to traffic above, and thus is considered "open to traffic"; despite not being open to traffic below.

DM&E/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Posted April 8, 2017, by Dean Skora (chidino1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In addition to Mr. Conro's accurate statement, I believe both of us can verify that this bridge is not "open to traffic".

DM&E/Elgin-Belvidere Electric Overpass
Posted August 8, 2015, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I know this area and am fairly certain this is bridge is not at this location.