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NS - Mackinaw River Bridge


Looking West

Photo taken by Steve Conro in May 2012


BH Photo #231521


Street View 


Not sure of the date but the well crafted stone piers suggest early 1900's. This rail line appears on a 1912 township map as the Lake Erie & Western Railway.


Deck truss bridge over Mackinaw River on Norfolk Southern RR
Woodford County, Illinois
Open to traffic
Built 1947
- Lake Erie & Western Railroad (LE&W)
- New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad (NKP)
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Three span Deck truss with deck plate girder approaches. Nice old stone piers.
Length of largest span: 170.0 ft.
Total length: 590.0 ft.
Also called
LE&W - Mackinaw River Bridge
NKP - Mackinaw River Bridge
N&W - Mackinaw River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.62486, -89.23947   (decimal degrees)
40°37'30" N, 89°14'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/310586/4499525 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 50881 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 10, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • July 16, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 9, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • May 14, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • May 8, 2012: Updated by Steve Conro: Added category "Lake Erie and Western Railroad"
  • January 9, 2012: Added by Steve Conro

Related Bridges 

  • NS - Grimm Road Overpass (Same project) - Stone work simular to bridge piers a few hundred feet away. Suggests same project.


  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com


Norfolk Southern Mackinaw River Bridge
Posted May 4, 2012, by Steve Conro (sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Visited and shot pictures today. Will have posted next week. Also discovered old stone arch bridge just west of this bridge. Stone work looks a lot like the stone work on the bridge piers.

Norfolk Southern Mackinaw River Bridge
Posted April 4, 2012, by John

Does anyone have pictures of this bridge?