Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wabash Bridge over Cal Sag Channel

Bird's Eye View looking West
(Bridge Hunter, could not find it in Historic Bridges)

The motivation for this posting was a Facebook posting by Joe M McMillan of the NW bicentennial unit, SD45 1776, crossing this bridge with a commuter train on August 14, 1974. Please look at the picture, but ignore the comments. Jacob Diorio felt it necessary to use the F-word. The two comments with information are:

Will G Benson Isn't this in the book "5:10 To Suburbia"? That's a great find, if anyone can find it these days!
Joe M McMillan Yes, we used this photo in the 5:10 book.

Since this line was abandoned by NW south of Manhattan, IL because they routed traffic through Decatur to Fort Wayne, IN, to avoid the Chicago congestion, this bridge now sees mostly (only?) Metra SWS trains.

Louis Neal Jr. posted
Had to be my favorite by far from last hitch. ✊🏽 captured in Lemont 📸
[Quite a few of the comments talk about the bad smell.]

Dave Allenson posted
N&W train LS-17 with SD-40 #1617 in the lead, crosses the Cal-Sag canal at Palos Heights, IL in February, 1985.
David Matthews: I was 14 in '90,91 and ditched school to ride my bike to that location. A NW geep was leading long hood forward with another unit and they were pulling about 60 tofc cars with only about less then a dozen trailers on the train. Must have been an equipment move I'm guessing. Read in Trains mag a very short while later no more thru traffic and now it's forever etched in my memory.

I used these street views to confirm that Louis' photo is of this bridge.
Street View

Street View

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