Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Aban/CB&Q Industrial Spur Bridge over Fox River in Aurora, IL

William Brown posted
(Bridge Hunter; Historic BridgesJohn Marvig; Satellite)

Looking at a satellite image, one notes that they have had serious problems with ice flows. They have added the biggest "ice breakers" I have ever seen on the up-river side of the piers.

I believe the postcard picture is of this bridge which is now a "nowhere to nowhere" bridge.

I forgot to record the link the first time. Now (May 2017), the 3D image is not as good.
Marty Bernard posted
CB&Q NW2 9211 crossing the Fox River in Aurora, IL in August 1963 with a Way Freight. Roger Patelski photo
[There were still rail-served industries and cabooses back in the 1960s.]

1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
An old aerial photo shows that this bridge was part of a grade level industrial spur that connected their yard facilities on the east bank with industries on the west bank. It looks like this yard was obsolete by 1939.

Another surprise when looking at a satellite image is the old steel truss bridge used by a trail did not exist in 1939. (Update: it is not an old truss bridge. It is a new truss bridge that was evidently built for the trail.) Given that they have a nice trail head on Hurds Island, that bridge is going to motivate me to get off my rear-end and hike a trail. (Update: I did hike the trail. Search for "Hurd Island" in 20170725.)

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This photo has been moved to 1920 BNSF/CB&Q Hurds Island Bridges over Fox River in Aurora, IL

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