Thursday, December 1, 2016

Aban/CR/Big4 Bridge over Embarras River near Charleston, IL

(Bridge HunterSatellite)

I discovered that the town and township Emrarrass is spelled with two s's, but the river is spelled with one s.

Matt Davis posted
Westbound New York Central Railroad Southwestern Limited passenger train speeds across Embarras River near Charleston, Illinois, in June 1959. Photograph by J. Parker Lamb
Only thing left is the bridge piers, just north of Route 16

Victor Jugo Tao shared Matt Davis post

You can see by the transition from stone to concrete in some of the piers that this steel girder bridge probably replaced a deck truss bridge.

Steve Lawyer shared two images with the comment: "Railroad bridge over the Embarras River then and now."
Dennis DeBruler It was the Big Four and abandoned by Conrail. Judging by the concrete extension on top of a cut stone pier, it was originally a deck truss bridge. When they rebuilt with steel girders, they added additional concrete piers next to the cut-stone pier.



Dennis DeBruler commented on Steve's share
You can tell by the shadows that it had been rebuilt by the time this 1938 aerial photo was taken.

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