Saturday, December 24, 2016

CN/IC and Kedzie Ave. Bridges over Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

IC Bridge: (Historic Bridges, Bridge Hunter, Satellite)
Kedzie Avenue: (Historic Bridges, Bridge Hunter, Satellite)

Joe Balynas Flickr (CS&SC Album)

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago made this their cover photo
Skaters on ice in the bottom of a nearly completed Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal west of Kedzie Avenue on December 30, 1899. The Kedzie Avenue bridge is in the background and behind it is the bridge for the Chicago, Madison, and Northern Railroad.
Mark Bilecki Sr. The Kedzie bridge was replaced in 1972
 [That would be the road bridge. The railroad bridge still exists.]

Ramon Rhodes posted five pictures of the railroad bridge as comments:

1: Here's a shot of the Kedzie Ave bridge.
2: The Kedzie Ave highway bridge may have been replaced, but this railroad bridge is the original one built in the 1800's.
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5: Contemporary shot.
Ramon Rhodes HISTORY: This and all the other railroad swing-type bridges along the canal from Lake Michigan to Joliet were all built WITHOUT motors to actually move the bridges. Note there is no operators shack on the span too. They had to be opened and closed manually using winches, cables, and tractors. From the time they were completed to this day, they have only been opened a dozen times, with most of those openings happening during WW2 when a shipyard that built Navy minesweepers along the canal needed to get their boats to the Mississippi River.
Mark Bilecki Sr. My father told me they would send submarines built in Manitowac Wis. down the canal to the Mississippi river.

Ramon's comment reminds me that the St. Lawrence Seaway was not opened until 1959.

Nathan Mackey posted
CN train 337 over the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal. 1/27/19
Dennis DeBruler commented on Nathan's post
A train with a couple of DPUs on Apr 16, 2016.
Mark Simmons Thats the CN's Freeport Sub.
Dennis DeBruler What is the timetable direction on that sub? I heard that CN was a north/south railroad, but that is an east/west route.
Mark Simmons East/West.
Mark Simmons The Waukesha and Chicago Subs. are North/South.
[My pictures of an eastbound train that came by when I was almost got back to my parked car.]

Forgotten Railways, Roads & Places posted
Here we have a SOO Line train passing through a steel girder bridge in 1993. The slide is labeled "IC Bridge" with no other identifying features. Anyone know the location here?
Photo: Our collection, original photographer Otto P. Dobnick.
Edit: The hive has spoken and appears to agree on it being the Swing bridge over the Sanitary and Ship Canal, east of Kedzie Av in Chicago, IL. Thank you all!

MWRD posted
A western view of a partially sunken boat in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near California Ave on August 15, 1917.
Dennis DeBruler commented on MWRD's post
The CN/IC bridge is in the background.
The building is probably one of these buildings that were along the collateral channel in this 1938 aerial photo. Note that part of the original South Branch still existed.
https://clearinghouse.isgs.illinois.edu/webdocs/ilhap/county/data/cook/flight12/0bwq08060.jpg

MWRD posted
Equipment and workers near the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal during an electrical conduit tunneling project, looking to the east with the Kedzie Ave Bridge in the background, May 28, 1923.
Dennis DeBruler It is interesting that they were using steam power as late as 1923. It could not be easy transporting that boiler.

Edward posted a 1989 photo.

The second picture of the Illinois Northern Bridge post (20160416 2149) is of this bridge. Both pictures were taken from Kedzie Avenue Bridge with a morning sun. (I got out of bed way before before Noon on a day with a blue sky to take a picture of the Illinois Northern Bridge with the sun at my back. But the ICwest bridge picture with the sun in front of me turned out better.)

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