There are more concrete arch bridges in Illinois than I realized. Especially on the Illinois Central. We have already seen a big one in Kankakee.
Someone said Southern Illinois got 12 inches of rain 4/28/17. Other reports I have seen are 4-8 inches. Nonetheless, the rain that has pounded Missouri and Arkansas (e.g. Pocahontas, AR) has also dumped a lot of rain on Southern Illinois. The Big Muddy is still rising and is expected to crest May 13.
|Paul Turner shared The Southern Illinoisan's photo.|
An Amtrak train crosses the trestle over the Big Muddy River north of Carbondale on Wednesday. Photo by Richard Sitler.
[This is why the bridges are built with open spandrels --- to allow more room for the water to flow under the bridge.]
|Mitchell Schultheis commented on the above share|
This is the normal level of the river, I took this pphoto about a month ago.
US-51 is just west of the railroad bridge and the Google street view car went northbound so it was in the close lane giving us some nice views of the bridge.
|Carmen Jones commented on the original posting|
This is same spot 2011.
|Dave Durham posted|
Illinois Central, Big Muddy bridge, 1909.
Steven Kent posted two photos with the comment: "My favorite bridge under construction circa 1902. IC crossing the Big Muddy River north of Carbondale."
Mary Rae McPherson posted two photos with the comment:
Takin' the dog for a walk...Eric Bateman Breaking in the first super liners when they first came out.
Amtrak P30CH (a.k.a. a Pooch) approaches its final stop of Carbondale, Illinois, with southbound #391, The Shawnee.
Since the previous bridge was a through deck truss, they were able to build the main arches while trains used the old bridge.
|eBook from Bridge Hunter, published before 1923|
Here are some photos taken at Carbondale, Ullin and DuQuoin, Illinois, by George Redmond on April 29, 1979.
I bought George's negative some months back, and I'll likely be scanning photos for years to come.
|Mary Rae McPherson posted|
Southbound 391 crossing the Big Muddy River behind P30ch #718 on February 17, 1980
|Arvid Noreen posted|
This is the IC bridge over the Big Muddy river a few miles north of Carbondale, Illinois. During the Civil War, Lincoln had a detachment of soldiers (next to the original bridge) with a canon at this site. Southern Illinois was a hotbed of Southern sympathies and didn't want to take any chances.