ANOTHER AGING SURVIVOR: From the CB&Q RR, a CB&Q style road overpass bridge. This survivor is just north of Vermont Illinois. There were many of this style of bridges carry roads and streets over the CB&Q back in the day. We still have a few survivors in this area, but they are gradually being removed or replaced. These all have posted weight limits per axles, which max at 28 tons. Enjoy!Steve R Hampton I loved taking this bridge at 60! We'd fly for yards! !
A comment confirmed it was the Heitz Road overpass.
Unlike the teenagers around Vermont, IL, you did not need this bridge to experience negative Gs. IN-327 itself was built with minimum grading so a segment over hilly land behaved like a roller coaster. At the old legal speed limit of 65mph you lost noticeable weight at the top of each hill.
In addition to weight limits, I'm surprised they don't specify a minimum distance between axles. It struck me that you could easily have the front axles going down while the rear axles are still going up and the body would end up stuck on the top of the bridge. The number of trains on these tracks is low enough that I'm sure the farmers would rather trade waiting for an occasional train to go through a grade crossing for being able to use modern grain trailer trucks in this area. As you can see in the photo below of the trucks lined up to unload at the South Milford grain elevator, grain trailers have two hoppers underneath so they have less road clearance than a normal semi-trailer. BTW (by the way), this grain elevator is why the former-Wabash tracks still exist in Helmer, IN.
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