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WAB - Bridge #557

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Wabash Railroad Bridge #557

This view from a 1911 postcard shows that the Howe through truss was removed and replaced by a pile trestle structure

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BH Photo #308164

Description 

Total length includes timber stringers on East & West Approaches, as well as the Howe Truss (longest span at 51 feet). This bridge was later replaced, at an unknown date, with a 124' pile trestle structure, shown in the accompanying postcard.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Panther Creek on Wabash, later N&W, Railroad
Location
Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois
Status
Demolished
History
Built 1883
Railroad
- Wabash Railroad (WAB)
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 51.0 ft.
Total length: 114.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.62656, -90.79918   (decimal degrees)
39°37'36" N, 90°47'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/688889/4388625 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Salem
Inventory number
BH 64037 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (9,075)
Beam (17,110)
Built 1883 (181)
Built during 1880s (2,295)
Howe through truss (583)
Howe truss (726)
Illinois (4,954)
Lost (30,015)
Pike County, Illinois (105)
Pittsfield, Illinois (2)
Railroad (16,665)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,549)
Through truss (17,878)
Timber stringer (4,391)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,517)
Truss (36,783)
Wabash Railroad (594)

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2014: Added by James Holzmeier

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Comments 

Wabash Railroad Bridge #557
Posted August 30, 2021, by Ken Mitchell (sabbath999 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When I was a kid in the 1970's my friends and I played under this and two other nearby bridges on the Pittsfield spur. The track was in marginal shape and there was a 5MPH speed limit. Trains serviced the local feed mill (King Feed). The bridges were removed in the 1980's and the grade is still visible if you know where to look.