Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lost/TP&W Bridge across Illinois River in Peoria, IL

(Bridge Hunter) (Update: it has happened, I have two postings for the same bridge. See also the older one.)

Larry Miller III shared Local History Collection : Peoria Public Library's photo
T.P. & W Bridge - 1922
McKinley Bridge in the background
Courtesy: Peoria Public Library
https://www.facebook.com/ppllocalhistory
1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
The 1922 photo was probably taken from the road bridge. TP&W is the railroad bridge on the right. McKinley Bridge is on the left and some of the pictures of that bridge have this bridge in the background.

Update:
Photo from Dan Mickalonis album
Dean Cunningham posted three photos with the comment:
This is a day I will never forget. It was the winter of 1970 when the TP&W Illinois River Bridge was struck by a south bound river barge in Peoria, Illinois.
Early on this winter day Ben Bailey Field Engineer and I were inspecting and surveying a problem we were having with the pier cap that had separated from the pier that stood on the east side of the river channel. The bridge's truss span rested on this pier cap and the separation could cause the railroad track to go out of alignment. We saw no problem at the moment so we returned to TP&W Main Office.
Once back in the office we received word the bridge had fallen into the river. A river boat with barges had struck the very pier we were standing on during the inspection. It and a truss span had collapsed into the Illinois River.
These three photos were shared with me by Jack Franklin the Chief Engineer of the TP&W. A.W. Polich was Vice President of Operations at the time.
Was not a good day for the railroad, however Ben & I survived. We were not ready to go swimming that winter day. I have always said, the railroad is not the safest place to work.
Dean Cunningham - System Engineer TP&W 1970

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John Stell posted
TP&W Illinois river bridge at East Peoria looking west towards Peoria. John Stell slide from February 1982.
Rick Braggs If that is the one next to steak 'n Shake it was hit by a barge in the winter of 1970 never rebuilt.David JordanGroup Admin John Stell I thought most of the bridge was dismantled by the late 1970s?John Stell I know this was Feb 1982 because I had a railfan visitor from Canada.

Photo from Dan Mickalonis album

Richard Mead posted


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