Thursday, April 11, 2019

IC|C&NW|? Bridge over Pecatonica River in Freeport, IL

1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
(No Bridge Hunter) The red rectangle indicates where the bridge was. I included more of the 1939 aerial than I normally do because I wanted to show how much industry was north of the river. The IC mainline routes did not need this bridge. The bridge for its northern branches still exists. So did the IC own it to access the industries north of the river or did an industrial/terminal railroad own it?
A 1974 topo map indicates C&NW had a connection to it. So maybe it was a terminal railroad. (A terminal railroad is one that is just in a city that connects the Class I railroads to each other and to local industry.)

1 comment:

  1. According to Richard Carpenter's Volume #4 of 'A railroad atlas of the united states in 1946' the track ON the bridge is owned by the CMStP&P and the IC ownership picked-up on the SW side of the bridge.

    I highly recommend these atlases if you are into towers, bridges, and who-owned-what back in the day.