|Frank Smitty Schmidt posted|
CNW along the Rock River in Sterling IL.
Dustin Holschuh This is the Chicago Northwestern not the CB&Q. The tower that's in the distance is the tower that protected the crossing of the Q/CNW.
Frank Smitty Schmidt I'm not doubting you a bit. I was just taking my info from the caption. The photo was from the Illinois Digital Archives and we all know how the state of IL works...
During the same evening that I had trouble figuring out how CB&Q got through Amboy, IL, I had trouble figuring out how the same CB&Q branch got through Sterling, IL. The SPV Map shows CB&Q going across the river on an angle and staying parallel on the south side of the C&NW until it turned towards the southwest at Agnew, IL. But the picture indicates the CB&Q crosses the river at a 90-degree angle and then crosses the C&NW at the tower. So I got an old aerial photo to verify the map is wrong.
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
In Historic Aerials, the 1984 topo map clearly shows the CB&Q track running through town and the 1985 topo shows the bridge and town tracks removed.