Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aban/BNSF/Sante Fe/Illinois Northern Bridge over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

20160416 2153, east elevation
(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, Birds Eye View)

This is another bridge to nowhere because BNSF has abandoned the Illinois Northern.

While trying to get a picture of this bridge from Kedzie Avenue, I learned that the Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center is a closed campus.

I also learned that the sky can be bad on an otherwise clear day. The irony is that I had deliberately got up early to do this trip in the morning so that the sun would be at my back. I still don't understand why the sky was so scuzzy near the ground.

CN/IC Bridge, west elevation with same sun angle as above
The textbook-bad backlit CN/IC Bridge on the east side of  Kedzie looks better with the 9:45am sun.

I thought Ed's photo was better. But I see he also has a scuzzy sky behind the bridge. But the dark blue water of the canal makes the photo look good. Note that his Nov. 1988 photo catches the Crawford Generating Plant with both chimneys intact. Historic Bridges (at the top) was able to get a bluish sky behind the bridge. It also has both chimneys intact.

Ed has another picture (Flickr version) of this bridge with the comment:
The abandoned portion of the former Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railroad ex Illinois Northern Railroad
industrial branchline. Chicago Illinois. June 2015.
The no longer used ex Illinois Northern Railroad swing
bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
Located just west of South Kedzie Avenue, at
approximately West 33rd Street.
There is a local rumor circulating on the south side of
Chicago, that this bridge and the former I.N right of way,
may be converted in to a bicycle trail in the near future.

Update: The last two photos posted by Ramon Rhodes:

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