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C&EI - Collison Trestle


Photo taken in March 2012

View this photo at hhopsnaturewalk.blogspot.com

BH Photo #246257


Abandoned Deck truss bridge over Middle Fork Vermilion River on former Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad northwest of Collison
Vermilion County, Illinois
Built ca. 1894, abandoned ca. 1990s?
- McArthur Bros of New York City, New York (Substructure)
- Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad (CEI)
Main span: Warren deck truss
Approaches: Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 310.0 ft.
Also called
Collison Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.24477, -87.77770   (decimal degrees)
40°14'41" N, 87°46'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/433852/4455214 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47957 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: Added substructure builder
  • November 23, 2022: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 16, 2022: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 2, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 8, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad"
  • January 4, 2013: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
  • February 3, 2011: Added by Jacob P. Bernard


  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


C&EI - Collison Trestle
Posted November 16, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I finally visited this bridge on 11/13/2022. The bridge is on and surrounded by DNR land. It was easy to access from a parking lot at 870 Road and the old railroad grade. The bottom of the bridge would be easy to access from a DNR parking lot to the southwest.

Unfortunately the east pier is beginning to fail and there is no clear future for this bridge.

Conrail Middle Fork Vermilion River Bridge
Posted November 8, 2013, by Grayson (gray401 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is not a former Conrail or NYC bridge but was a former C&EI bridge after looking at the location. The bypass from Rossville Jct. ran south to the mines around Westville and Georgetown IL linking up the former Grape Creek branch to Villa Grove outside west of Indianola if I remember right on the route. This bridge was also used by the EJ&E which had trackage rights on the C&EI to reach the mines in this area to bypass Danville which especially at that time heavily congested with rail traffic around Danville Jct. The Danville Jct Society of the NHRS out of Danville with a museum in Rossville has more information on this line. It was cutback to Collison then Henning. At onetime the line was used to haul coal to the IP powerplant west of Danville.