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North Shore Line/EJ&E Overpass

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Current trail bridge

Photo taken by Steve Conro in February 2012

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BH Photo #224788

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Description 

Former North Shore Line bridge over the EJ&E Railway now replaced by a pedestrian trail bridge. The unincorporated village of Rondout has the historical significance of being site of the largest train robbery in U.S. history which occurred in 1924, when a gang of robbers known as The Newton Gang robbed a mail train in the village. The amount stolen was an estimated $3 million in cash, bonds and jewelry. To this day, not all of the money has been recovered leading to the legend that it is buried somewhere.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over CNRR (former EJ&E Ry) on Former North Shore Line (now bike path)
Location
Rondout, Lake County, Illinois
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built in 1904; later replaced by pedestrian trail bridge
Railroads
- Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad (CNSM)
- Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJE)
- Interurban
Design
Pony plate girder
Dimensions
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.27977, -87.89439   (decimal degrees)
42°16'47" N, 87°53'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/426253/4681227 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Libertyville
Land survey
T. 44 N., R. 11 E., Sec. 24
Inventory number
BH 51211 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 7, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Rail-to-trail" and removed "Rails to Trails"
  • February 6, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "North Shore Line Railroad"

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