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CR - Stony Creek Bridge



Abandoned Plate girder bridge over Stony Creek on Conrail in Danville
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Pony plate girder
Also called
NYC - Stony Creek Bridge
PC - Stony Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.15890, -87.61913   (decimal degrees)
40°09'32" N, 87°37'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/447273/4445577 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Danville NE
Inventory number
BH 61710 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2014: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke


Stony Creek CSX Bridge
Posted September 14, 2016, by Meinart (Meinart5962 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Grayson is right. I lived at the end of chester. I always called it the Penn central tracks or the " low' tracks. 72 I started walking these both directions. Just walked em this year some. 2016

Abandoned CSX - Stony Creek Bridge
Posted July 19, 2014, by Grayson (gray401 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Forgot to add that the Milwaukee Road and then Soo Line after acquiring the Milwaukee Road had trackage rights over this line after they abandoned their line between Faithorn IL and Terre Haute IN which runs just west of the Indiana and Illinois state line. This would last till the mid 80s as the track condition was no better than the former Milwaukee line to southern Indiana.

Abandoned CSX - Stony Creek Bridge
Posted July 19, 2014, by Grayson (gray401 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is the former New York Central (NYC) line, also was called the Harbor Belt, between Cairo and Danville. The light was built around 1905 and was directly owned by the NYC between Danville and Hammond IN. It would be the northern connection for NYC subsidiary Cleavland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railrady (Big Four or CCC&STL) to bring southern Illinois Coal from the Big Four's Cairo division to the steel mills of the Chicago area. It was pretty much freight only except one passenger train that ran between Harrisburg IL and Chicago. The line would become Penn Central then Conrail being abandoned in the late 80s by Conrail as I remember, having grown up in the neighborhood near by, the last train to traverse this route. At one time, as you can tell by the bridge and right of way, it was double track to I think Sloan IN. I walked this many times once the trains stopped running and there is a deck girder bridge further south over Stoney Creek along with one north near the old Elks. This line was never CSX as when Conrail was split between CSX and Norfolk Southern the right of way transferred to Norfolk Southern from Jackson st in Danville north. However segments are now run by KBS south of Handy tower and Norfolk Southern between Hammond and Schneider IN