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KCS - E. Fork Wood River Bridge


Photo taken by Kim Harvey in September 2008


BH Photo #124722

Street View 


Warren through truss bridge over E. Fork Wood River on Kansas City Southern Railway
East Alton, Madison County, Illinois
Open to railroad traffic, but rarely used
Built 1916
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
Warren through truss
Span length: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 125.0 ft.
Also called
Olin Winchester Railroad Spur Bridge
Powder Mill Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.88917, -90.10778   (decimal degrees)
38°53'21" N, 90°06'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/750855/4308454 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 5 N., R. 9 W., Sec. 16
Inventory number
BH 37439 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2017: New photos from David Huffman
  • June 28, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • February 24, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 25, 2009: Updated by Kim Harvey: year built, railroad company, builder
  • September 18, 2008: Updated by Kim Harvey
  • September 16, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey



Powder Mill Bridge
Posted May 17, 2016, by Anonymous

KCS now uses the old ICG line.

Powder Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted September 27, 2009, by Albert E. Bertram (abertram8297 [at] charter [dot] net)

This spur originally ran off the old Big Four/New York Central line that ran along the east side of Powder Mill Road before curving around the north end of the Olin property towards Bethalto. It then continued on through Moro, Dorsey, Bunker Hill, Gillespie, and Litchfield before rejoining the main Big Four/NYC line at Hillsboro. You can still see the old roadbed in Cottage Hills and in Bethalto, where it was used for the Erwin Plegge Boulevard. According to people who lived in the area, I believe the line from Powder Mill road to Bunker Hill was abandoned sometime in the 1950's. The section of the line from Bunker Hill to Hillsboro may have remained open longer, as I still saw some remnants in the 1970'.