Saturday, April 22, 2017

BNSF/CB&Q Bridge over Illinois River at Beardstown, IL

(Bridge Hunter, John A. Weeks IIISatellite, Google Photo)

Weeks III
Steven J. Brown posted
Burlington Northern coal train crossing a very wet (“from the standpoint of water”) Illinois River at Beardstown, Illinois - March 1985.
Jerry Harris posted two photos with the comment: "March or April of 2013. When I worked in Beardstown, IL during the flooding of the Illinois River. This is the draw bridge between Beardstown and Grimes siding."
Jerry Harris On loaded coal and taconite ore trains. When we would go over thru the bridge. It was make the water splash hitting the river. Crazy times.
Merle Hance i worked beardstown section 1974 it used to be a swing bridge before then.
Sumner Herrick Is the Beardstown Sub all CTC now?
Jerry Harris Sumner Herrick from what I was told was yes except one siding area towards Centralia.
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Fred Monger posted a photo of a couple of BNSF pumpkins on the lift span. His comment was:
June 30, 2015 Illinois river at Beardstown 29.5.
Is "29.5" the river level? It does look rather high in the photo. But he didn't include any piers so it is hard to judge the river level. Looking at some Bridge Hunter photos, it appears the river is normally pretty close to the bottom of this bridge. John Weeks indicates the clearance is 20 feet.

The design of the lift towers look rather new. Neither Bridge Hunter nor John indicate when this bridge was built. Fortunately a comment in Bridge Hunter puts it at 1972. The comment also indicates that the previous swing bridge forced the tows to be broken up to pass just a few barges at a time through the narrow channel. The lift span is 300' wide.

That is a long ways for me for a field trip, but I noticed on the satellite image that the US-67 bridge is still a truss bridge.


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