Saturday, April 16, 2016

IAIS/Rock Island over Mississippi in Rock Island, IL

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, John Weeks IIIJohn MarvigHAER IL-20-PSatelliteGoogle Photo of several)
Also known as the Government or Arsenal Bridge. The swing span is over the downstream approach to the locks.

Previous bridges at this crossing.

Photo from Library of Congress
3/4 overall view from the Clock Tower Building (Building 205); looking NNW toward Davenport, Iowa. (Ceronie) - Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island Bridge, Fort Armstrong Avenue, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL
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David Sebben posted
David's comment: "A view through the Government Bridge at Rock Island, IL and of course, former Rock Island trackage."

Michael Monahan I spent many months of my (younger) life in that photo -- nice to see it. Section gangs were burdened with cleaning out the channel decking with narrowed spades and wheelbarrows so that we could sandblast and paint. One year we had to do the cleaning ourselves -- I can still feel the "bump, bump, bump" -- for long distances the further toward the middle we got. This photo appears to show the solid decking going on over the channel. There are a few stories to tell . . .

Update: Quad City Times has a rather extensive article on the bridge. Note that you can use "arrow buttons" to scroll through some pictures. Near the bottom, I found a link to a photo gallery of 26 pictures. Of note: "The first bridge design of architect Ralph Modjeski, the bridge is 1,850 feet long, and the swing span is 366 feet long with a tower in the center. Completed in 1896, the 120-year-old bridge is the only one of its kind in world, rotating 360 degrees in either direction at the swing. Food and farm products dominate the barge cargo passing through Rock Island's locks. According to the Corps' statistics, a total of 12,264 loaded barges and 4,814 empty barges locked through last year. In addition, there were 2,314 commercial vessels, 2,282 commercial flotillas (multiple boats), 47 non-commercial vessels, 46 non-commercial flotillas and 1,357 recreational vessels."


Manny Day posted
I always enjoy watching Iowa Interstate power with the CRI&P herald on the Govermnent Bridge in Davenport.
Glenn McAtee https://www.archives.gov/.../prol.../2004/summer/bridge.html
Andy Wellman shared Retro Quad Cities's photo.
Celebrating the 100 years of the first bridge crossing the Mississippi River. And it's the Rock Island!

1956 Train on Arsenal Bridge going to Davenport
David Sebben posted
Steam moving across the Government Bridge between Rock Island, IL and Davenport, IA.
[This is the first view I remember seeing that is looking upstream.]
David Sebben posted
Crossing over the Government Bridge into Davenport, Iowa in the early 50's. I'm lousy at identifying locomotive types, any help?
Jonathan Hinely GP7 or a GP9 leaning towards the 7.

Jim Arvites posted
View of a Tri-City Railway Company streetcar leaving the U.S. Arsenal at the Government Bridge by the Mississippi River that connected Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois circa 1909.
(Retro Quad Cities)

Mike Knox posted
7/23/17: #513 is The 3rd Engine on This Train, As it Heads into Rock, Island, Illinois at 9:00. On Tho Old Former Rock Island Line. Now of Course The IAIS.
Bob Kalal posted
This off "Living History of Illinois & Chicago" Facebook page.
1930 Rock Island Arsenal Island bridge and Roller dam locks
One of 30 photos added by Mike Ironman


Brian Bell posted six photos with the comment:
First three are shots, Rock island Arsenal island, first train bridge across Mississippi River being rebuilt after collapse, shots 4/5 are close to present day. Double deck spans, old and new, trains on top cars beneath...... correction these are spans three and four, story of first two are quite interesting. Players include, Lincoln, Lee and Davis. https://www.archives.gov/publicat…/…/2004/summer/bridge.html
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Joel Wise posted six photos with the comment: "IAIS office car special, 10/28/19, Rock Island, IL."
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Jan Danielsen posted two photos with the comment: "Train going over R.I. Arsenal bridge Davenport, Iowa to Rock Island, Illinois. Vehicles go across under the train. Dreary day."

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David Sebben posted, ninth photo
Under the Government Bridge
Jay Von Holten What are the chains for?
David Sebben Jay Von Holten ...for boaters to grab on to before they get to the roller dam.


My uncle, who used to be the Superintendent for the Illinois Division of the Rock Island said that when there was a flood that closed the CB&Q, C&NW, and Milwaukee bridges over the Mississippi, this bridge could still carry traffic. Maybe it was because they could open all of the gates in the dam just downstream of them and pass a lot of water under the bridge. The Rock handled the trains for the other three, as well as their own. Some of the railroads ran longer trains than the Rock did through here. They had to either shorten their trains or let them set.


Chris C J Johnson posted some videos and several photos of a train on the bridge, a tow through the lock, and a monument with the history of the Rock Island.
Dennis DeBruler Is that RI monument upstream where the first bridge was built? Or is it in the visitor center area? That is the bridge for which Abraham Lincoln successfully defended the Rock Island building a bridge across the Mississippi.
Chris C J Johnson Dennis DeBruler This monument is not on Arsenal Island but is located in Rock Island, IL next to the old Rock Island Depot pictured in these images.
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Mike Ironman posted "Ok, Since The Government Bridge at Rock Island is " Closed Indefinitely " due to a Mechanical problem of some kind. Where are they Rerouting the IAIS Trains Thru????"
Jacob Narup They're not. This happened last year too. It honestly wastes more time detouring than it does just having IAIS wait it out.
Buddy Burton They need to replace that bridge some time in the near future.

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