Friday, November 6, 2015

Illinois Central Bridges over Rock River in Dixon, IL

(Bridge HunterSatellite)

Michael Wayne Sitter posted two photos with the comment: "Northbound crossing the Rock River at Dixon, IL in the summer of 1984. Looks like the crew had a very easy run this day! - Michael W. Sitter"


Jim French Flickr photos: 1978 (Com-Ed plant in background) and 1979.

The steel bents on top of masonry piers indicate that this steel girder bridge probably replaced a deck truss bridge. Gary Sams posting below confirms this theory. And it appears the piers were originally made of cut stone.
Gary Sams posted
Dixon, Illinois IC train

This original charter line of the Illinois Central is now abandoned, but the piers remain as a monument to the railroad.
Michael Wayne Sitter posted four photos with the comment:
After completing its work at Dixon, the northbound La Salle-Freeport local resumes its journey and heads across the Rock River bridge. This is as far as my friend and I could chase the train on our bikes and because of the GM&O GP38 we rode those bikes as fast as we could back to his house to tell his Dad who fortunately is also a rail fan. It was quickly decided that we needed to chase the train by car! -Michael W. Sitter


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