|Birds Eye View|
It carried the Kankakee & Seneca Railroad over the Illinois River.
As John Weeks III mentions, trespassing signs prevent getting good pictures from land. I noticed that the No Trespassing signs on the north side of the river state that violators will be prosecuted. Fortunately, The Bridge Hunter collection of pictures includes some that Steve Conro was able to get from the south side. Since I'm not going to do any better photos than John and Steve did on the ground, I found some satellite and aerial views.
|1940 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Photo from Facebook|
|Kankakee and Seneca Railroad Company posted|
On August 18th, 1916 a westbound K&S train started across the southern span of the Illinois River bridge in Seneca. When the locomotive cleared the span it gave way derailing the locomotive's tender but the first four cars went down with the bridge span. There were no injuries but an EJ&E gondola, a CRI&P automobile boxcar, a CNO&TP boxcar, and one unknown boxcar were severely damaged.
The train was lead by CCC&STL 6221, a 4-6-0 built in 1892 by ALCO's Richmond Works.
Special thanks to the Seneca Historical Guild for the photograph.